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The theory of games as a tool for the social epistemologist

Zollman, Kevin J.S. (2019) The theory of games as a tool for the social epistemologist. [Preprint]

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Traditionally, epistemologists have distinguished between epistemic and pragmatic goals. In so doing, they presume that much of game theory is irrelevant to epistemic enterprises. I will show that this is a mistake. Even if we restrict attention to purely epistemic motivations, members of epistemic groups will face a multitude of strategic choices. I illustrate several contexts where individuals who are concerned solely with the discovery of truth will nonetheless face difficult game theoretic problems. Examples of purely epistemic coordination problems and social dilemmas will be presented. These show that there is a far deeper connection between economics and epistemology than previous appreciated.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Zollman, Kevin J.S.kzollman@andrew.cmu.edu0000-0001-9776-1890
Keywords: Scoring rules; social epistemology; game theory
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Kevin Zollman
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 04:34
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 04:34
Item ID: 16202
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Social Epistemology of Science
Date: 8 July 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16202

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