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The Cooperative Origins of Epistemic Rationality?

Dethier, Corey (2021) The Cooperative Origins of Epistemic Rationality? [Preprint]

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Recently, both evolutionary anthropologists and some philosophers have argued that cooperative social settings unique to humans play an important role in development of both our cognitive capacities and the "construction" of "normative rationality" or "a normative point of view as a self-regulating mechanism" (Tomasello 2017, 38). In this article, I use evolutionary game theory to evaluate the plausibility of the claim that cooperation fosters epistemic rationality. Employing an extension of signal-receiver games that I term "telephone games," I show that cooperative contexts work as advertised: under plausible conditions, these scenarios favor epistemically rational agents over irrational ones designed to do just as well as them in non-cooperative contexts. I then show that the basic results are strengthened by introducing complications that make the game more realistic.


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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail.com0000-0002-1240-8391
Keywords: Tomasello; Epistemic Rationality; Cooperation; Wishful Thinking
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Evidence
Depositing User: Mr Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2021 01:11
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 01:11
Item ID: 18862
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Evidence
Date: 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18862

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