On admissibility in game theoretic pragmatics: A Reply to Pavan

Linguistics and Philosophy 37 (3):249-256 (2014)

Abstract

In a recent contribution in this journal, Sascia Pavan proposed a new game theoretic approach to explain generalized conversational implicatures in terms of general principles of rational behavior. His approach is based on refining Nash equilibrium by a procedure called iterated admissibility. I would like to strengthen Pavan’s case by sketching an epistemic interpretation of iterated admissibility, so as to further our understanding of why iterated admissibility might be a good approximation of pragmatic reasoning. But the explicit epistemic view taken here also points to some shortcomings of his approach in comparison to rivaling accounts

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Rationality in Game-Theoretic Pragmatics: A Response to Franke.Sascia Pavan - 2014 - Linguistics and Philosophy 37 (3):257-261.

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