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The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure By Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine)

The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure
by Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine)

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This book by Brian Skyrms is a study of ideas of cooperation and collective action. Written with all Skyrms's characteristic clarity and verve, this intriguing book will be eagerly sought out by students and professionals in philosophy, political science, economics, sociology and evolutionary biology.
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The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure by Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine)

Brian Skyrms, author of the successful Evolution of the Social Contract (which won the prestigious Lakatos Award) has written a sequel. The book is a study of ideas of cooperation and collective action. The point of departure is a prototypical story found in Rousseau's A Discourse on Inequality. Rousseau contrasts the pay-off of hunting hare where the risk of non-cooperation is small but the reward is equally small, against the pay-off of hunting the stag where maximum cooperation is required but where the reward is so much greater. Thus, rational agents are pulled in one direction by considerations of risk and in another by considerations of mutual benefit. Written with Skyrms's characteristic clarity and verve, this intriguing book will be eagerly sought out by students and professionals in philosophy, political science, economics, sociology and evolutionary biology.

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The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure Reviews


'... dense but exciting ... comprehensive and ambitious in scope ... a treasure trove of interesting and intriguing results.' The Times Literary Supplement
'The book is a treasure trove of interesting and intriguing results...'. The Times Literary Supplement
'I can unreservedly recommend this delightful book. It is an absolute pleasure to read and a more stimulating introductory text on evolutionary thinking of social institutions is hard to image ... Brain Skyrms has done us a great service, and I am looking forward to his next book.' Studia Logica
"Rousseau's story of a stag hunt illuminates his vision of the social contract. Brian Skyrms emulates the master by using the Stag Hunt Game to illustrate his very different vision. Who would have thought there was so much to learn from such a simple game?" Ken Binmore, California Institute of Technology
"dense but exciting...comrehensive and ambitious in scope...a treasure trove of interesting and intriguing results." - Times Literary Supplement

Table of Contents


1. The stag hunt; Part I. Location: 2. Bargaining with neighbors; 3. Stag hunt with neighbors; Part II. Signals: 4. Evolution of inference; 5. Cheap talk; Part III. Association: 6. Choosing partners; 7. Coevolution of structure and strategy.

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The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure by Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine)
Brian Skyrms (University of California, Irvine)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2003-12-15
166
0521533929
9780521533928
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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