Voting in the Medieval Papacy and Religious Orders

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Voting in the Medieval Papacy and Religious Orders
We take institutions seriously as both a rational response to dilemmas in which agents found themselves and a frame to which later rational agents adapted their behaviour in turn. Medieval corporate bodies knew that they needed choice procedures. Although the social choice advances of ancient Greece and Rome were not rediscovered until the high middle ages, the rational design of choice institutions predated their rediscovery and took some new paths. Both Ramon Lull (ca 12321316) and Nicolaus of Cusa (a.k.a Cusanus; 1401-64) made contributions which had been believed to be centuries more recent. Lull promotes the method of pairwise comparison, and proposes the Copeland rule to select a winner. Cusanus proposes the Borda rule, which should properly be renamed the Cusanus rule. Voting might be needed in any institution ruled by more than one person, where decisions could not simply be handed down from above. Medieval theologians no doubt believed that God’s word was handed down from a...
Ian McLean, Haidee Lorrey, Josep Colomer
Added 08 Jun 2010
Updated 08 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2007
Where MDAI
Authors Ian McLean, Haidee Lorrey, Josep Colomer
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