Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe

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Perhaps the best way to regard Mr. Chwe’s book is to see it as an unwitting, elaborate parody of rational choice thinking and game theory, decisively illustrating their limits and deficiencies.
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Game theory—the study of how people make choices while interacting with others—is one of the most popular technical approaches in social science today. But as Michael Chwe reveals in his insightful new book, Jane Austen explored game theory’s core ideas in her six novels roughly two hundred years ago—over a century before its mathematical development during the Cold War. Jane Austen, Game Theorist shows how this beloved writer theorized choice and preferences, prized strategic thinking, and analyzed why superiors are often strategically clueless about inferiors. Exploring a diverse range of literature and folktales, this book illustrates the wide relevance of game theory and how, fundamentally, we are all strategic thinkers.

 

About Michael Suk-Young Chwe

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Michael Suk-Young Chwe is Associate Professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of "Jane Austen, Game Theorist" (Princeton).
 
Published March 23, 2014 by Princeton University Press. 283 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Professional & Technical, History, Travel. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by JENNIFER SCHUESSLER on Apr 22 2013

Such analysis may not go over well with military types, to say nothing of literary scholars...

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Guardian

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Reviewed by John Mullan on Jun 12 2013

Yet in his sometimes laborious way, Chwe has described something that does indeed make Austen's novels complex and satisfying: she makes her characters believe in each other. "Strategic thinking" is just a name for this belief.

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Reviewed by Steve Denning on May 10 2013

Perhaps the best way to regard Mr. Chwe’s book is to see it as an unwitting, elaborate parody of rational choice thinking and game theory, decisively illustrating their limits and deficiencies.

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