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Jane Austen, Game Theorist$
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Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162447

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.001.0001

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Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not

Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not

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Jane Austen, Game Theorist
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Michael Suk-Young Chwe

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162447.003.0008

This chapter examines Jane Austen's views on what strategic thinking is not. Austen distinguishes strategic thinking from concepts possibly confused with it, such as selfishness, moralistic notions of what a person “should” do, economistic values, and winning inconsequential games. While Austen seeks conceptual clarity, she also emphasizes that she is not advocating selfishness or money-centrism or one-upmanship or anything as vulgar as telling young women “how to behave.” For Austen, strategic thinking should not be confused with a set of hackneyed prescriptions. The chapter explains Austen's claims that strategic thinking is not about selfishness, moralism, economics or economism, and winning inconsequential games.

Keywords:   strategic thinking, Jane Austen, selfishness, economistic values, inconsequential games, money-centrism, moralism, economics, economism

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