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Profile: S M Amadae (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  1. S. M. Amadae & Daniel Lempert (forthcoming). The Long-Term Viability of Team Reasoning. Journal of Economic Methodology:1-17.
    Team reasoning gives a simple, coherent, and rational explanation for human cooperative behavior. This paper investigates the robustness of team reasoning as an explanation for cooperative behavior, by assessing its long-run viability. We consider an evolutionary game theoretic model in which the population consists of team reasoners and ‘conventional’ individual reasoners. We find that changes in the ludic environment can affect evolutionary outcomes, and that in many circumstances, team reasoning may thrive, even under conditions that, at first glance, may seem (...)
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  2. S. M. Amadae (2011). Normativity and Instrumentalism in David Lewis' Convention. History of European Ideas 37 (3):325-335.
    David Lewis presented Convention as an alternative to the conventionalism characteristic of early-twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Rudolf Carnap is well known for suggesting the arbitrariness of any particular linguistic convention for engaging in scientific inquiry. Analytic truths are self-consistent, and are not checked against empirical facts to ascertain their veracity. In keeping with the logical positivists before him, Lewis concludes that linguistic communication is conventional. However, despite his firm allegiance to conventions underlying not just languages but also social customs, he pioneered (...)
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  3. S. M. Amadae (2008). Book Reviews:Free Riding. [REVIEW] Ethics 119 (1):211-216.
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  4. S. M. Amadae (2005). Arrow's Impossibility Theorem and the National Security State. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 36 (4):734-743.
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  5. S. M. Amadae (2004). Nietzsche's Thirst For India. Idealistic Studies 34 (3):239-262.
    This essay represents a novel contribution to Nietzschean studies by combining an assessment of Friedrich Nietzsche’s challenging uses of “truth” and the “eternal return” with his insights drawn from Indian philosophies. Specifically, drawing on Martin Heidegger’s Nietzsche, I argue that Nietzsche’s critique of a static philosophy of being underpinning conceptual truth is best understood in line with the Theravada Buddhist critique of “self ” and “ego” as transitory. In conclusion, I find that Nietzsche’s “eternal return” can be understood as a (...)
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  6. S. M. Amadae (2004). Rationality and Freedom, by Amartya Sen. Harvard University Press 2003. Economics and Philosophy 20 (2):381-389.