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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 Strategic Thinking’s Disadvantages

Austen on Strategic Thinking’s Disadvantages

(p.171) Chapter Ten Austen on Strategic Thinking’s Disadvantages
Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines Jane Austen's views on the disadvantages of strategic thinking, which she makes visible in her novels. First, Austen notes that strategic thinking takes mental effort: one's strategic thinking capacity is not infinite and strategic thinking competes with other cognitive demands. Second, strategic thinking makes moral life more complicated. Third, being good at strategic thinking can keep people from helping you. If others do not think you are strategic, then they confide in you, thinking that you cannot possibly be leading them on. Similarly, if others think you are strategic, they do not confide in you because they think you already know everything. Other disadvantages of being strategically skilled is that it can you make you see strategicness where none exists, or that it can lead to pride. True strategic wisdom is not proud.

Keywords:   strategic thinking, Jane Austen, novels, moral life, pride, strategic wisdom

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