Evolution of the Social Contract

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1996 - Philosophy - 146 pages
In this highly readable book, Brian Skyrms, a recognized authority on game and decision theory, investigates traditional problems of the social contract in terms of evolutionary dynamics. Game theory is skillfully employed to offer new interpretations of a wide variety of social phenomena, including justice, mutual aid, commitment, convention and meaning. The book is not technical and requires no special background knowledge. As such, it could be enjoyed by students and professionals in a wide range of disciplines: political science, philosophy, decision theory, economics and biology.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
xiii
SEX AND JUSTICE
1
COMMITMENT
22
MUTUAL AID
45
CORRELATED CONVENTION
63
THE EVOLUTION OF MEANING
80
POSTSCRIPT
105
NOTES
111
REFERENCES
129
References
141
INDEX
143
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