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Game Theory and the Humanities


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Brams's latest book is manifestly the product of original and sound scholarship and is written at a level that advanced undergraduates can readily understand. It offers an elegant overview of how game theory can deepen our appreciation of literature--and of how literature can enrich our understanding of game theory. -- Philip Tetlock, Mitchell Professor of Organizational Behavior, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and author of Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? Game Theory and the Humanities makes a significant contribution to literary theory, theology, political theory, philosophy of mind, and history. This book has the potential to inspire a literary theory revolution like that of feminism or post-colonial interpretation. -- Ann Cudd, Professor of Philosophy, University of Kansas This imaginative and innovative book should appeal not only to those with an interest in the individual cases, stories, and plays, but also to philosophers, historians, theologians, literary critics, and some specialists in international politics whose concerns are broader. -- Frank C. Zagare, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, and author of The Games of July: Explaining the Great War

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Steven J. Brams is Professor of Politics at New York University. He is the author of Biblical Games- Game Theory and the Hebrew Bible and Game Theory and the Humanities- Bridging Two Worlds, both published by the MIT Press, and other books.


This is a wonderful book, deserving to be used as a basic reference for students in the humanities, but also of interest to any intellectual eager to understand how today's culture is transgressing old dichotomies such as Blasie Pascal's esprit de geometrie-esprit de finesse and C.P.Snow's two cultures.

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