Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691155760
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 04/21/2013
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael Suk-Young Chwe is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of Rational Ritual: Culture, Coordination, and Common Knowledge (Princeton).

Table of Contents





Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

CHAPTER ONE The Argument 1
CHAPTER TWO Game Theory in Context 9

  • Rational Choice Theory 9
  • Game Theory 12
  • Strategic Thinking 15
  • How Game Theory Is Useful 19
  • Criticisms 25
  • Game Theory and Literature 30






CHAPTER THREE Folktales and Civil Rights 35

CHAPTER FOUR Flossie and the Fox 43

CHAPTER FIVE Jane Austen's Six Novels 49
  • Pride and Prejudice 50
  • Sense and Sensibility 54
  • Persuasion 60
  • Northanger Abbey 67
  • Mansfield Park 75
  • Emma 86






CHAPTER SIX Austen's Foundations of Game Theory 97
  • Choice 97
  • Preferences 102
  • Revealed Preferences 105
  • Names for Strategic Thinking 107
  • Strategic Sophomores 111
  • Eyes 113






CHAPTER SEVEN Austen's Competing Models 115
  • Emotions 115
  • Instincts 119
  • Habits 121
  • Rules 124
  • Social Factors 127
  • Ideology 128
  • Intoxication 130
  • Constraints 130






CHAPTER EIGHT Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not 133
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Selfish 133
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Moralistic 134
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Economistic 135
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not About Winning Inconsequential Games 137






CHAPTER NINE Austen's Innovations 141
  • Partners in Strategic Manipulation 141
  • Strategizing About Yourself 153
  • Preference Change 158
  • Constancy 167






CHAPTER TEN Austen on Strategic Thinking's Disadvantages 171

CHAPTER ELEVEN Austen's Intentions 179

CHAPTER TWELVE Austen on Cluelessness 188
  • Lack of Natural Ability 188
  • Social Distance 198
  • Excessive Self-Reference 200
  • High-Status People Are Not Supposed to Enter the Minds of Low-Status People 202
  • Presumption Sometimes Works 205
  • Decisive Blunders 205






CHAPTER THIRTEEN Real-World Cluelessness 211
  • Cluelessness Is Easier 211
  • Difficulty Embodying Low-Status Others 213
  • Investing in Social Status 217
  • Improving Your Bargaining Position 219
  • Empathy Prevention 224
  • Calling People Animals 225






CHAPTER FOURTEEN Concluding Remarks 228

References 235

Index 251

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