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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

(p.133) Chapter Eight Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not
Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Princeton University Press

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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