On the Concept of Intentions in Behavioral Economics

Donnerstag, 30. November 2017
18.15 – 19.45 Uhr

G 307

Prof. Dr. Jacob Rosenthal

Prof. Dr. Urs Fischbacher, Universität Konstanz

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil der Veranstaltungsreihe „Philosophisches Kolloquium“.

Behavioral and experimental economics can be used to create precise definitions of different facets of human behavior such as altruism, reciprocity or trust. We demonstrate this approach for the concept of intention, and address the question how people attribute intentions. This question is relevant in law where causing the death of a person is punished very differently depending on the underlying intention. Behavioral economics has addressed this question when investigating the motives for punishment and reward. Experiments have shown that intention matters and theoretical approaches have been developed that capture the concept of intention from a theoretical and empirical point of view. We will discuss how these approaches relate to concepts suggested in experimental philosophy.