Southern Journal of Philosophy 29 (3):341-358 (1991)
|Abstract||I distinguish and review six major attempts to give a Co-operative solution to the Prisoners Dilemma: Symmetry, Mechanism, Inducement, Resolution, Alternative Principle, and Preference-Revision. I then detail and criticize those of Ned McClennen (Resolution/possibly Preference-Revision)and David Gauthier (Alternative Principle). I conclude with some observations about what the failure of their solutions shows must be the parameters of any correct Co-operative solution: Rational agents should adopt maximizing dispositions, i.e., ones which will induce them to Co-operate with just those similarly disposed, but adopting the dispositions must consist in adopting revised preferences, ones favoring Co-operating under certain conditions, and able to rationalize it as straightforwardly maximizing on the new preferences. Co-operation would then be rationalized by the new preferences. Still, we will not know exactly which preference-function PD agents should adopt, only that it must maximize to adopt it, and maximize to Co-operate from it with similar agents. The details are complicated, and must await further study.|
|Keywords||Prisoners Dilemma David Gauthier Edward McClennen Resolute Choice Constrained Maximization Symmetry Solution Lawrence Davis Preference Revision Rationality Co-operation|
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