The University of Konstanz has been successful in the German Excellence Initiative and Excellence Strategy since 2007.
The Koselleck project “Reflexive Rationality” of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn funded by the German Research Foundation is about the following issues: The paradigm of homo oeconomicus, as explicated in modern decision and game theory, shapes extensive parts of our social sciences. These theories count as delivering a basically complete normative ideal and hence serve as the critical reference point of behavioral, psycho-, and neuroecono¬mics, which attempt to overcome the empirical deficiencies of those theories. In contrast to this mainstream, the present project takes game and decision theory to be normatively deficient and thus attempts to improve the normative ideal of a homo oeconomicus and to thereby shift the point of attack of empirical criticism. The project does so by rigorously theorizing ‘reflexive ascent’. According to it, a person considers not only her possible actions and their possible consequences, but also her possible (future) decision situations, which entail those actions. This will provide a systematization of so-called dynamic choice, a systematic treatment of (pre-)commitment and self-binding, and in particular a new fundamental equilibrium concept for game theory, which promises a novel treatment of cooperation and indeed a unification of non-cooperative and cooperative game theory.
More detailed information is available from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spohn: email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application with the usual documents a CV, a letter of motivation, a list of publications, possibly a writing sample and a list of courses taught, and copies of academic degree in a pdf-file) until 29 February 2020 via our Online Application Portal.