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Endogenous Game Theoretic Deontology


  • Shyam Gouri Suresh
  • Paul Studtmann


We examine current approaches to modeling deontology with game theory in the context of whether the agents in those approaches are autonomous. An autonomous agent’s actions must result from her reason, not from contingent causal factors such as genetic similarity, the influence of culture, or outside causal forces. The second component of autonomy is that an autonomous agent must allow her counterparty to be autonomous as well. We propose an approach to modeling deontological reasoning where agents are autonomous in terms of both components.

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  • Shyam Gouri Suresh & Paul Studtmann, 2019. "Endogenous Game Theoretic Deontology," Working Papers 19-03, Davidson College, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dav:wpaper:19-03

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    Kantian Morality; Game Theory; Deontology;
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    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • C79 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Other

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