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Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds

Steven J. Brams


Game theory models are ubiquitous in economics, common in political science, and increasingly used in psychology and sociology; in evolutionary biology, they offer compelling explanations for competition in nature. But game theory has been only sporadically applied to the humanities; indeed, we almost never associate mathematical calculations of strategic choice with the worlds of literature, history, and philosophy. And yet, as this book shows, game theory can illuminate the rational choices made by characters in texts ranging from the Bible to Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 and can explicate strat ... More

Keywords: game theory, strategic choice, political science, theory of moves, misperceptions, deceptions, competition in nature, humanities, mathematical calculations, rational choices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015226
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Brams, author