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Conventionalism, coordination, and mental models: from Poincaré to Simon

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  • Rouslan Koumakhov

This article focuses on the conventions that sustain social interaction and argues that they are central to Simon's decision-making theory. Simon clearly identifies two kinds of coordination by convention: behavioral mores that shape human actions, and shared mental models that govern human perceptions. This article argues that Poincaré-Carnap's conventionalism provides powerful support for Simon's theory; it contends that this theory offers a more convincing account of decision and coordination than Lewis' concept of convention. Simon's approach to applying conventionalist logic to social interaction emphasizes the normative role played by mental models in solving coordination problems and considers rationality in terms of both cognitive and moral considerations. By connecting conventional phenomena to social identifications, Simon stresses the resulting complexity of coordination problems

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Methodology.

Volume (Year): 21 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 251-272

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:21:y:2014:i:3:p:251-272
DOI: 10.1080/1350178X.2014.939688
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