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Experimental Economics for Philosophers

Rubin, Hannah and O'Connor, Cailin and Bruner, Justin (2018) Experimental Economics for Philosophers. UNSPECIFIED.

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Recently, game theory and evolutionary game theory - mathematical frameworks from economics and biology designed to model and explain interactive behavior - have proved fruitful tools for philosophers in areas such as ethics, philosophy of language, social epistemology, and political philosophy. This methodological osmosis is part of a trend where philosophers have blurred disciplinary lines to import the best epistemic tools available. In this vein, experimental philosophers have drawn on practices from the social sciences, and especially from psychology, to expand philosophy's grasp on issues from morality to consciousness. We argue that the recent prevalence of formal work on human interaction in philosophy opens the door for new methods in experimental philosophy. In particular, we discuss methods from experimental economics, focusing on a small literature we have been developing investigating signaling and communication in humans. We describe results from a novel experiment showing how environmental structure can shape signaling behavior.


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Rubin, Hannahhannahr@uci.edu
O'Connor, Cailincailino@uci.edu
Bruner, Justinjustin.bruner@anu.edu.au
Keywords: experimental, economics, philosophy, game theory, evolutionary game theory, signaling game, signaling, sim-max game
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Dr. Cailin O'Connor
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2018 14:00
Item ID: 14378
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: February 2018
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14378

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