John C. Harsanyi

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1. Game theory and classical economics. Game theory is a theory of strategic interaction. That is to say, it is a theory of rational behavior in social situations in which each player has to choose his moves on the basis of what he thinks the other players’ countermoves are likely to be. After preliminary work by a number of other distinguished(More)
1. Introduction Wars and other conflicts are among the main sources of human misery. A minimum of cooperation is a prerequisite for a prosperous society. Life in an anarchic " state of nature " with its struggle of every man against every man is, in Thomas Hobbes' (1651) famous phrase, " solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short ". Social scientists have(More)
The veil of ignorance has been used often as a tool for recommending what justice requires with respect to the distribution of wealth. We show that John Harsanyi’s and Ronald Dworkin’s conceptions of the veil, when modeled formally, recommend wealth allocations in conflict with the prominently espoused view that priority should be given to the worse off(More)
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