Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Formal Methods in Political Philosophy

On the off-chance that there is somebody reading this who doesn't already know about it: the political philosopher Robert Wolff is running a very detailed serialised introduction to game theory and related fields here. Wolff is very much a skeptic about most of the uses that people try to make of formal methods in political philosophy, especially about the simplifying assumptions that are made without due comment, and applying theorems and models outside of their proper scope.