Natural Justice

Paperback | February 11, 2011

byKen Binmore

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This book lays out foundations for a "science of morals." Binmore uses game theory as a systematic tool for investigating ethical matters. He reinterprets classical social contract ideas within a game-theory framework and generates new insights into the fundamental questions of socialphilosophy. In contrast to the previous writing in moral philosophy that relied on vague notion such as "societal well-being" and "moral duty," Binmore begins with individuals; rational decision-makers with the ability to emphasize with one another. Any social arrangement that prescribes them to actagainst their interests will become unstable and eventually will be replaced by another, until one is found that includes worthwhile actions for all individuals involved.

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This book lays out foundations for a "science of morals." Binmore uses game theory as a systematic tool for investigating ethical matters. He reinterprets classical social contract ideas within a game-theory framework and generates new insights into the fundamental questions of socialphilosophy. In contrast to the previous writing in m...

Ken Binmore is a mathematician-turned-economist who has devoted his life to the theory of games and its applications in economics, evolutionary biology, psychology, and moral philosophy. He is best known for his part in designing the telecom auction that raised $35 billion for the British taxpayer, but his major research contributions...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.01 × 9.88 × 0.79 inPublished:February 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199791481

ISBN - 13:9780199791484

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Moral Science2. Bargaining3. Battle of the Isms4. Equilibrium5. Reciprocity6. Duty7. Kinship8. Empathy9. The Golden Rule10. Utilitarianism11. Egalitarianism12. Planned DecentralizationBibliographyIndex