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    Toward a Theory of Solidarity.Christian Arnsperger & Yanis Varoufakis - 2003 - Erkenntnis 59 (2):157 - 188.
    Many types of 'other-regarding' acts and beliefs cannot be accounted for satisfactorily as instances of sophisticated selfishness, altruism, team-reasoning, Kantian duty, kin selection etc. This paper argues in favour of re-inventing the notion of solidarity as an analytical category capable of shedding important new light on hitherto under-explained aspects of human motivation. Unlike altruism and natural sympathy (which turn the interests of specific others into one's own), or team-reasoning (which applies exclusively to members of some team), or Kantian duty (which (...)
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    Capitalism According to Evolutionary Game Theory: The Impossibility of a Sufficiently Evolutionary Model of Historical Change.Yanis Varoufakis - 2008 - Science and Society 72 (1):63 - 94.
    Evolutionary game theory has recently furnished some exciting theoretical and experimental insights regarding the birth of social power and discrimination. But can this type of theory illuminate the history and nature of capitalism? The answer turns out to be negative: evolutionary models are bound to remain either insufficiently evolutionary or hopelessly indeterminate. However, social theorists have much to gain from understanding what would breathe social life into evolutionary game theory's models: a proper historical account of the sources of behavioral variety, (...)
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    Against Equality.Yanis Varoufakis - 2002 - Science and Society 66 (4):448 - 472.
    In December 1999 two papers were published on the theme of inequality in journals of the American Economic Association. The first article (Welch, American Economic Review) celebrates inequality's recent advances in conventional neoliberal fashion, as an essentially progressive force that spawns innovation and stimulates growth. The second article (Aghion et al, Journal of Economic Literature) presents contrary evidence that inequality has retarded growth and impeded socioeconomic progress. This paper argues that Welch's defense of the status quo might be of greater (...)
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    Modern and Postmodern Challenges to Game Theory.Yanis Varoufakis - 1993 - Erkenntnis 38 (3):371 - 404.
    Equilibrium game theory borrows from neoclassical economics its rationality concept which it immediately puts to work in order to produce the basic results it needs for building an elaborate narrative of social interaction. This paper focuses on some recent objections to game theory's use of rationality assumptions in general, and of backward induction and subgame perfection in particular, and interprets them in the light of the postmodern critique of the grand meta-narratives which social theorists often rely on for social explanation. (...)
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    Freedom Within Reason: From Axioms to Marxian Praxis.Yanis Varoufakis - 1992 - Science and Society 56 (4):440-466.
    The a priori definitions of rationality and freedom that permeate orthodox economics in particular and the liberal discourse in general have important theoretical implications. A Hegelian critique of ahistorical approaches to the meaning of Liberty and Reason reveals insurmountable problems that the axiomatic approach inflicts upon game theory, contractarian theories of justice and Rational Choice Marxism. While the postmodern critique and the method of deconstruction are useful, the meaning we seek is best gleaned through Marx's conception of praxis.
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    Moral Rhetoric in the Face of Strategic Weakness: Emperimental Clues for an Ancient Puzzle. [REVIEW]Yanis Varoufakis - 1997 - Erkenntnis 46 (1):87-110.
    Moralising is a venerable last resort strategy. The ancient Melians presented the Athenian generals with a splendid example when in a particularly tight corner. In our Western philosophical tradition moral rhetoric is often couched in the form of reasons for action either external to preference and desire (eg. Kant) or internal to the agent''s calculus of desire (e.g., Hume, Gauthier). A third tradition dismisses such rhetoric as the last recourse of the weak (e.g., Aristotle, Nietzsche) whereas a fourth calls for (...)
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    Review: A Hard Spectre to Silence: Meghnad Desai's "Marx's Revenge". [REVIEW]Yanis Varoufakis - 2005 - Science and Society 69 (4):617 - 625.
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    Reason Without Freedom? A Rejoinder.Yanis Varoufakis - 1993 - Science and Society 57 (4):453 - 460.
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    Review: Defending History and Learning From Its Critics. [REVIEW]Yanis Varoufakis - 1998 - Science and Society 62 (4):585 - 591.
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    Coercion and Allocation: A Comment on John Alcorn's "Argument and Allocation".Yanis Varoufakis - 1995 - Science and Society 59 (4):548 - 555.
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  11. Neoclassical Economics : Three Identifying Features.Christian Arnsperger & Yanis Varoufakis - 2008 - In Edward Fullbrook (ed.), Pluralist Economics. Distributed in the Usa Exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan.
  12. Foundations of Economies: A Beginner's Companion.Yanis Varoufakis - 2000 - Science and Society 64 (1):122-124.
     
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