Ben Eggleston

University of Kansas

Spring 2016

Philosophy 666:

Rational Choice Theory

documents iconCourse documents:

syllabussmall PDF icon

paper assignmentsmall PDF icon

test 1small PDF icon

test 1 – answer keysmall PDF icon

practice questions for section 7.5small PDF icon

test 2small PDF icon

test 2 – answer keysmall PDF icon

test 3small PDF icon

test 3 – answer keysmall PDF icon

bulletin board iconAnnouncements:

assignments for readings:
datereading (and practice questions)
Friday, January 22introduction and section 1.1
Monday, January 25sections 1.2–1.5
Wednesday, January 27sections 2.1–2.3
Friday, January 29sections 2.4–2.5
Monday, February 1sections 3.1–3.2
Wednesday, February 3section 3.3
Friday, February 5sections 4.1–4.5
Monday, February 8sections 4.6–4.9
Wednesday, February 10section 5.1
Friday, February 12section 5.2
Monday, February 15sections 5.3–5.4
Wednesday, February 17section 6.1
Friday, February 19section 6.2
Monday, February 22section 6.3
Wednesday, February 24none (review for test 1)
Friday, February 26none (test 1)
Monday, February 29sections 7.1–7.3
Wednesday, March 2sections 7.4–7.5
Friday, March 4none (review of chapter 7)
Monday, March 7pp. 1–11 and pp. 42–51
Wednesday, March 9pp. 11–13 and pp. 52–59
Friday, March 11pp. 13–16
Monday, March 21pp. 16–19.3 and pp. 60–65
Wednesday, March 23pp. 19.3–21 and p. 66
Friday, March 25pp. 23–25 and pp. 68–73
Monday, March 28pp. 25–28
Wednesday, March 30none (review for test 2)
Friday, April 1none (test 2)
Monday, April 4pp. 28–31
Wednesday, April 6pp. 31–34 and pp. 74–77
Friday, April 8sections 1–3
Monday, April 11sections 4–5
Wednesday, April 13sections 6–7
Friday, April 15sections 8–9
Monday, April 18section 10
Wednesday, April 20sections 11–12
Friday, April 22sections 13–14
Monday, April 25section 15
Wednesday, April 27none (review for test 3)
Friday, April 29none (test 3)
Monday, May 2none (review of test 3)
Wednesday, May 4none (reserve)

January 6, 2016:

Today I sent the following e-mail message to all enrolled students:

From: Eggleston, Ben
Sent: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 9:25 AM
To: PHIL666{65827}Sp16
Subject: Rational Choice Theory - introductory information

Dear students,

Hello. I’m writing to give you some information about our Rational Choice Theory course.

First, there is no textbook that you have to buy for this course – I will be providing the readings to you. If you would like to get a head start on the readings, let me know, and I’ll leave a copy of the first one for you in the main office of the Philosophy department, and you can pick it up there during business hours when the office reopens for the spring semester on January 11.

Second, I have set up a website for the course, at I’ve posted the syllabus and the end-of-semester paper assignment there (though I will also hand out hard copies on the first day of class) and I anticipate that I will post other things there as the course progresses. There won’t be anything there that you’ll be responsible for prior to our first class, so you don’t have to worry about it right away. I just wanted to go on and give you the URL.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to seeing you at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, in 4033 Wescoe.

Best wishes,

Ben Eggleston