The bare minimum you need to know about how actions and rationality are represented in decision theory and in game theory for the purposes of this course.
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This section is concerned with understanding the way of representing actions and rationality used in almost any variety of decision theory.
This is not very deep. But you need to understand how the representation of actions is supposed to work in order, later, to understand the theory.
This may well already be familiar ground for you. If so, take a quick look at the slides to check you understand the terminology we will use.
I am mostly following Jeffrey (1983) as this is still the introduction that best combines a deep understanding of the topic with philosophical motivations.
If you prefer to read a philosopher presenting the core ideas, Bermúdez (2009, p. chapter 1) is one option. (Bermúdez is summarizing Jeffrey (1983), so read Jeffrey (1983) if you can.)
The choice of terms used in this lecture mostly follows Jeffrey (1983), with a few exceptions where his choices are less familiar.
Make sure you understand the terminology and can relate it to the example choice scenario used as an illustration.
Be sure to use the terminology consistently, and with precision, in your writing.
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