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Games, Groups, and the Global Good

  • Simon A. Levin

Part of the Springer Series in Game Theory book series (SSGT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Evolution of Cooperation at the Level of Individuals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christine Taylor, Martin A. Nowak
      Pages 41-56
    3. Hannelore De Silva, Karl Sigmund
      Pages 85-103
  3. Cooperation and Group Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Jessica C. Flack, David C. Krakauer
      Pages 117-141
    3. Simon Levin
      Pages 143-153
    4. David Sloan Wilson, Daniel Tumminelli O’Brien
      Pages 155-168
    5. John E. Hare
      Pages 181-193
    6. Kwame Anthony Appiah
      Pages 195-203
  4. Cooperation and Problems of the Commons

About this book


How do groups form, how do institutions come into being, and when do moral norms and practices emerge? This volume explores how game-theoretic approaches can be extended to consider broader questions that cross scales of organization, from individuals to cooperatives to societies. Game theory' strategic formulation of central problems in the analysis of social interactions is used to develop multi-level theories that examine the interplay between individuals and the collectives they form. The concept of cooperation is examined at a higher level than that usually addressed by game theory, especially focusing on the formation of groups and the role of social norms in maintaining their integrity, with positive and negative implications. The authors suggest that conventional analyses need to be broadened to explain how heuristics, like concepts of fairness, arise and become formalized into the ethical principles embraced by a society.


Cooperation Cooperative Behavior Evolution of Cooperation Group Formation Moral Systems evolution game theory morality

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