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The Prisoner's Dilemma

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Martin Peterson, Ken Binmore, David Gauthier, Daniel M. Hausman, Robert Northcott, Anna Alexandrova, Jeffrey A. Barrett, Cristina Bicchieri, Alessandro Sontuoso, José Luis Bermúdez, Giacomo Bonanno, Luc Bovens, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael Brooks, Douglas MacLean, Charles Holt, Cathleen Johnson, David Schmidtz, Paul Weirich
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  • Date Published: July 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107621473

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  • The Prisoner's Dilemma is one of the most fiercely debated thought experiments in philosophy and the social sciences, presenting the simple insight that when two or more agents interact, the actions that most benefit each individual may not benefit the group. The fact that when you do what is best for you, and I do what is best for me, we end up in a situation that is worse for both of us makes the Prisoner's Dilemma relevant to a broad range of everyday phenomena. This volume of new essays from leading philosophers, game theorists, and economists examines the ramifications of the Prisoner's Dilemma, the directions in which it continues to lead us, and its links to a variety of topics in philosophy, political science, social science, economics, and evolutionary biology. The volume will be a vital and accessible resource for upper-level students as well as for academic researchers.

    • Wide-ranging collection of essays on one of the most debated thought experiments in philosophy and the social sciences
    • Fourteen new essays by leading philosophers, game theorists, and economists
    • Non-technical language and supporting diagrams and figures make this an accessible and student-friendly introduction
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    '… the book provides a good overview of the variety of perspectives on the rational solutions to the Prisoner's dilemma, as well as of the increasing doubts regarding its descriptive and explanatory scope.' Cédric Paternotte, Metascience

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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107621473
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Martin Peterson
    1. Why all the fuss? The many aspects of the Prisoner's Dilemma Ken Binmore
    2. How I learned to stop worrying and love the Prisoner's Dilemma David Gauthier
    3. Taking the Prisoner's Dilemma seriously: what can we learn from a trivial game? Daniel M. Hausman
    4. Prisoner's Dilemma doesn't explain much Robert Northcott and Anna Alexandrova
    5. The Prisoner's Dilemma and the coevolution of descriptive and predictive dispositions Jeffrey A. Barrett
    6. I cannot cheat on you after we talk Cristina Bicchieri and Alessandro Sontuoso
    7. Prisoner's Dilemma cannot be a Newcomb Problem José Luis Bermúdez
    8. Counterfactuals and the Prisoner's Dilemma Giacomo Bonanno
    9. The Tragedy of the Commons as a Voting Game Luc Bovens
    10. The role of numbers in Prisoner's Dilemmas and public good situations Geoffrey Brennan and Michael Brooks
    11. The inner struggle: why you should cooperate with people you will never meet again Martin Peterson
    12. Prisoner's Dilemmas, intergenerational asymmetry, and climate change ethics Douglas MacLean
    13. Prisoner's Dilemma experiments Charles Holt, Cathleen Johnson and David Schmidtz
    14. The lesson of the Prisoner's Dilemma Paul Weirich
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  • Editor

    Martin Peterson, Texas A & M University
    Martin Peterson is Sue and Harry E. Bovay Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A & M University. His recent publications include Non-Bayesian Decision Theory (2008), An Introduction to Decision Theory (Cambridge, 2009) and The Dimensions of Consequentialism (Cambridge, 2013).

    Contributors

    Martin Peterson, Ken Binmore, David Gauthier, Daniel M. Hausman, Robert Northcott, Anna Alexandrova, Jeffrey A. Barrett, Cristina Bicchieri, Alessandro Sontuoso, José Luis Bermúdez, Giacomo Bonanno, Luc Bovens, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael Brooks, Douglas MacLean, Charles Holt, Cathleen Johnson, David Schmidtz, Paul Weirich

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