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Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality : Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory - Robert C. Koons

Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality

Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory

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Published: 31st January 1992
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The purpose of this book is to develop a framework for analyzing strategic rationality, a notion central to contemporary game theory, which is the formal study of the interaction of rational agents, and which has proved extremely fruitful in economics, political theory, and business management. The author argues that a logical paradox (known since antiquity as "the Liar paradox") lies at the root of a number of persistent puzzles in game theory, in particular those concerning rational agents who seek to establish some kind of reputation. Building on the work of Parsons, Burge, Gaifman, and Barwise and Etchemendy, Robert Koons constructs a context-sensitive solution to the whole family of Liar-like paradoxes, including, for the first time, a detailed account of how the interpretation of paradoxial statements is fixed by context. This analysis provides a new understanding of how the rational agent model can account for the emergence of rules, practices, and institutions.

"The approach is powerful, original, and very substantial from an intellectual point of view. The work seems to me deeper and better thought through than the vast majority of work in this area." Tyler Burge, University of California, Los Angeles

Preface
Introduction
The Scope of Paradox
The Significance of Paradox
Paradoxes
Doxic paradoxes without self-reference
Doxic paradoxes and reputation effects in iterated games
A study of liar-like epistemic paradoxes
A computational account of mutual belief
A critique of context-insensitive solutions to the liar paradox
Three context-sensitive solutions to the liar paradox
Applying the context-sensitive solutions to doxic paradox
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index.
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ISBN: 9780521412698
ISBN-10: 0521412692
Series: Cambridge Studies in Probability, Induction and Decision Theory
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 31st January 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.45