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    Edinburgh NAPIER University, UK

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    University of Southampton,UK

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    Transport and Telecommunication Institute, Riga

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    University of Niš, Serbia

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    Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania

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    UNINOVA institute, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

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    Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic

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    Tilburg University

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    University of Zilina, Slovak Republic

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    “Union – Nikola Tesla” University in Belgrade, Serbia

Towards A Definition of “Partial Universalism“: The Objection of John Ferejohn and Debra Satz to the Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory
year 2022
Issue 2


The paper compares and tries to find a common ground between two camps, proposing different interpretations on the notion of “partial universalism” as opposed to unlimited universalism in rational choice theory. The explanation preferring different theoretical approaches in a complex environment of blurred boundaries is juxtaposed with the explanation of a two-level hypothesis: rational and intentional, where the “weak” additional independent hypothesis is also tested for rationality. The need for a synthesis in the first case is compared to the need of a situational/context dependent causal mechanism, avoiding circular causality. The pragmatic common ground is the improvement of rational choice methodology.

JEL: А10, Y80


rational choice theory, partial universalism
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ISSN (print): 1312-5486
ISSN (online): 2534-8949