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To Be Human is to be Punishable

A number of game theoretic and anthropological studies point to the significance of punishment as a means of enforcing cooperation among humans. Two different forms of punishment have both played significant roles in human history: peer to peer punishment and centralized punishment. In this lecture I present two game theoretic models of these two different forms of punishment and show that some of the deepest and most intractable problems in human society can be traced to the differences between the two.

The featured speaker, Dr. Paul Studtmann, is Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College. He specializes in ancient philosophy, metaphysics, and value theory. He is the author of "The Foundations of Aristotle's Categorical Scheme" (Marquette University Press) and "Empiricism and the Problem of Metaphysics" (Lexington). He is currently working on the foundations of political philosophy and value theory.


Sloan Music Center Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall

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Jha, Jaya