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Team reasoning and the rational choice of payoff-dominant outcomes in games

Gold, Natalie and Colman, Andrew M. (2020) Team reasoning and the rational choice of payoff-dominant outcomes in games. Topoi, 39 (2). 305 - 316. ISSN 0167-7411

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11245-018-9575-z


Standard game theory cannot explain the selection of payoff-dominant outcomes that are best for all players in common-interest games. Theories of team reasoning can explain why such mutualistic cooperation is rational. They propose that teams can be agents and that individuals in teams can adopt a distinctive mode of reasoning that enables them to do their part in achieving Pareto-dominant outcomes. We show that it can be rational to play payoff-dominant outcomes, given that an agent group identifies. We compare team reasoning to other theories that have been proposed to explain how people can achieve payoff-dominant outcomes, especially with respect to rationality. Some authors have hoped that it would be possible to develop an argument that it is rational to group identify. We identify some large—probably insuperable—problems with this project and sketch some more promising approaches, whereby the normativity of group identification rests on morality.

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Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2021 15:24
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 01:12

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