Reasoning from the Prisoner's Dilemma
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 8 May 2011, Question 1
I answered a question on reasoning from the Prisoner's Dilemma on Philosophy in Action Radio on 8 May 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
What do you think of the "Prisoner's Dilemma"? Something about the Prisoner's Dilemma as a basis for economic and ethical claims never settled with me, but I'm not sure why. What is your opinion of it from a philosophical point of view?
My Answer, In Brief: The Prisoner's Dilemma cannot be used as a basis for ethical or economic reasoning, because it's a narrow case that only confirms some more fundamental principles of justice and cooperation.
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I'm Dr. Diana Hsieh. I'm a philosopher specializing the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My dissertation defended moral responsibility and moral judgment against the doubts raised by Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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