The Law of Damages and the Prisoners' Dilemma: A Comment on ‘Pure and Utilitarian Prisoners' Dilemmas’

Economics and Philosophy 13 (2):231-240 (1997)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Kuhn and Moresi have proposed a useful taxonomy for classifying prisoners' dilemmas. This comment is concerned with K&M's observation that legal penalties for defection can transform PDs into cooperative games, and their argument that the role of the law may vary depending on how the PD is classified by their taxonomy. The purpose of this note is to support K&M's analysis by demonstrating that the law of damages, as understood by economic analysis, already performs the function that K&M assign to legal penalties for defection.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,227

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

V. is the prisoners' dilemma all of sociology?Arthur L. Stinchcombe - 1980 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 23 (2):187 – 192.
Prisoners' dilemma for prisoners.Sidney Gendin - 1989 - Criminal Justice Ethics 8 (1):23-25.
Dilemmas of medical ethics in the Canadian Penitentiary Service.C. Roy - 1976 - Journal of Medical Ethics 2 (4):180-184.
Stable Cooperation in Iterated Prisoners' Dilemmas.Elliott Sober - 1992 - Economics and Philosophy 8 (1):127.
Medicine in handcuffs: restraining prisoners and detainees undergoing medical treatment and hospitalisation.Noam Lubell - 2003 - Tel-Aviv: Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. Edited by Ruchama Marton, Michal Bar-Or & Johanne Malka-Shalom.
A Politics of Carceral Difference.Jason Mallory - 2008 - Social Philosophy Today 24:131-150.
Human organs from prisoners: kidneys for life.L. D. de Castro - 2003 - Journal of Medical Ethics 29 (3):171-175.


Added to PP

33 (#487,172)

6 months
4 (#798,951)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The economics of justice.Richard A. Posner (ed.) - 1981 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
The Economics of Justice.Richard A. Posner - 1983 - Law and Philosophy 2 (1):129-136.
The Common Law.Oliver Wendell Holmes - 1991 - Courier Corporation.
Pure and Utilitarian Prisoner's Dilemmas.Steven T. Kuhn - 1995 - Economics and Philosophy 11 (2):333-343.

Add more references