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Modeling Social and Evolutionary Games

Potochnik, Angela (2012) Modeling Social and Evolutionary Games. [Preprint]

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Abstract

When game theory was introduced to biology, the components of classic game theory models were replaced with elements more befitting evolutionary phenomena. The actions of intelligent agents are replaced by phenotypic traits; utility is replaced by fitness; rational deliberation is replaced by natural selection. In this paper, I argue that this classic conception of comprehensive reapplication is misleading, for it overemphasizes the discontinuity between human behavior and evolved traits. Explicitly considering the representational roles of evolutionary game theory brings to attention neglected areas of overlap, as well as a range of evolutionary possibilities that are often overlooked. The clarifications this analysis provides are well-illustrated by—and particularly valuable for—game theoretic treatments of the evolution of social behavior.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Potochnik, Angela
Keywords: game theory, evolutionary game theory, evolution of cooperation
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Angela Potochnik
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 03:08
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 03:08
Item ID: 19013
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2011.10.035
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Evolutionary Theory
General Issues > Game Theory
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 2012
Page Range: pp. 202-208
Volume: 43
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19013

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