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Game Theory and the HumanitiesBridging Two Worlds$
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Steven J. Brams

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015226

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015226.001.0001

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Incomplete Information in Literature and History

Incomplete Information in Literature and History

(p.209) 9 Incomplete Information in Literature and History
Game Theory and the Humanities

Steven J. Brams

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This chapter focuses on the incomplete information that players may have about each other’s preferences, which may induce them to try to seek out additional information, misperceive an opponent’s interests, or try to deceive an adversary. It also considers the circumstances when the possession of information may backfire, creating a “paradox of omniscience.” The discussions cover information revelation in Hamlet; incomplete information in the Magnanimity Game (MG); misperception in the Iran hostage crisis; deception in the Cuban missile crisis; and the paradox of omniscience.

Keywords:   incomplete information, game theory, paradox of omniscience, Hamlet, Magnanimity Game, Iran hostage crisis, Cuban missile crisis

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