Game theory andconvention

Synthese 46 (1):41 - 93 (1981)
Abstract
A feature of David Lewis's account of conventions in his book "Convention" which has received admiring notices from philosophers is his use of the mathematical theory of games. In this paper I point out a number of serious flaws in Lewis's use of game theory. Lewis's basic claim is that conventions cover 'coordination problems'. I show that game-Theoretical analysis tends to establish that coordination problems in Lewis's sense need not underlie conventions.
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    Margaret Gilbert (1989). Rationality and Salience. Philosophical Studies 57 (1):61-77.
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