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Jane Austen, Game Theorist
Michael Suk-Young Chwe
With a new afterword by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface xi
Abbreviations xiii
CHAPTER ONE The Argument 1
CHAPTER TWO Game Theory in Context 9

  • Rational Choice Theory 9
  • Game Theory 12
  • Strategic Thinking 15
  • How Game Theory Is Useful 19
  • Criticisms 25
  • Game Theory and Literature 30

CHAPTER THREE Folktales and Civil Rights 35
CHAPTER FOUR Flossie and the Fox 43
CHAPTER FIVE Jane Austen's Six Novels 49

  • Pride and Prejudice 50
  • Sense and Sensibility 54
  • Persuasion 60
  • Northanger Abbey 67
  • Mansfield Park 75
  • Emma 86

CHAPTER SIX Austen's Foundations of Game Theory 97

  • Choice 97
  • Preferences 102
  • Revealed Preferences 105
  • Names for Strategic Thinking 107
  • Strategic Sophomores 111
  • Eyes 113

CHAPTER SEVEN Austen's Competing Models 115

  • Emotions 115
  • Instincts 119
  • Habits 121
  • Rules 124
  • Social Factors 127
  • Ideology 128
  • Intoxication 130
  • Constraints 130

CHAPTER EIGHT Austen on What Strategic Thinking Is Not 133

  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Selfish 133
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Moralistic 134
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not Economistic 135
  • Strategic Thinking Is Not About Winning Inconsequential Games 137

CHAPTER NINE Austen's Innovations 141

  • Partners in Strategic Manipulation 141
  • Strategizing About Yourself 153
  • Preference Change 158
  • Constancy 167

CHAPTER TEN Austen on Strategic Thinking's Disadvantages 171
CHAPTER ELEVEN Austen's Intentions 179
CHAPTER TWELVE Austen on Cluelessness 188

  • Lack of Natural Ability 188
  • Social Distance 198
  • Excessive Self-Reference 200
  • High-Status People Are Not Supposed to Enter the Minds of Low-Status People 202
  • Presumption Sometimes Works 205
  • Decisive Blunders 205

CHAPTER THIRTEEN Real-World Cluelessness 211

  • Cluelessness Is Easier 211
  • Difficulty Embodying Low-Status Others 213
  • Investing in Social Status 217
  • Improving Your Bargaining Position 219
  • Empathy Prevention 224
  • Calling People Animals 225

CHAPTER FOURTEEN Concluding Remarks 228
References 235
Index 253

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