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The Bounds of Reason: Game Theory and the Unification of the Behavioral Sciences

Herbert Gintis


Game theory is central to understanding human behavior and relevant to all of the behavioral sciences—from biology and economics, to anthropology and political science. However, as this book demonstrates, game theory alone cannot fully explain human behavior and should instead complement other key concepts championed by the behavioral disciplines. The book shows that just as game theory without broader social theory is merely technical bravado, so social theory without game theory is a hindered enterprise. The book is a combination of a text book on game theory and a plea to use behavioral gam ... More

Keywords: game theory, human behavior, behavioral science, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691160849
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691160849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Herbert Gintis, author
Santa Fe Institute