Thomas Icard - What are cognitive costs?
Thomas Icard (Stanford University)

April 19, 2024, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
The Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

1008, 10th Floor of Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh 15260
United States

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The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh invites you to join us for our 64th Annual Lecture Series Talk. Attend in person in room 1008 in the Cathedral of Learning (10th Floor)  or visit our live stream on YouTube at

The Annual Lecture Series, the Center’s oldest program, was established in 1960, the year when Adolf Grünbaum founded the Center. Each year the series consists of six to eight lectures, about three quarters of which are given by philosophers, historians, and scientists from other universities.

ALS – Thomas Icard

Friday, April 19 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

1008 Cathedral of Learning 

This talk will also be our 2023-24 Adolf Grünbaum Memorial Lecture.

Title: What are cognitive costs?

Abstract: Traditional approaches to decision theory typically idealize away from cognitive limitations on the part of the decision maker, as well as from the deliberative processes that ultimately lead to a decision. A common way of accommodating limitations on deliberative capacities is to introduce a concept of cognitive cost, assumed to trade off against some independent notion of value or utility. The aim of this talk will be to present some puzzles about this concept, and to make some progress toward a more comprehensive account of it and of its role in a theory of rational decision making.

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A reception with light refreshments will follow in 1008 lounge from 5-6pm.

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