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Cosmopolitanism, endless history, and game theory


Cheneval, Francis (2011). Cosmopolitanism, endless history, and game theory. Genf: Universität Genf.

Abstract

This paper assesses the theory, first voiced by Schelling and Kant, according to which an infinite historical process will lead to cosmopolitan institutions.The assessment will mainly be done on the basis of theories about infinitely repeated games. The first part of the paper reconstructs “infinitesimal” historical cosmopolitanism as proposed by Schelling and Kant. The second part confronts this position with the results of the theory of infinitely repeated games among groups. The third part offers reflections on additional conditions and contingencies of the theory and the forth part draws the conclusion: while we can reasonably assume global cooperation to increase and stabilize over time under sustainable conditions, we cannot predict the institutional design of that cooperation.

This paper assesses the theory, first voiced by Schelling and Kant, according to which an infinite historical process will lead to cosmopolitan institutions.The assessment will mainly be done on the basis of theories about infinitely repeated games. The first part of the paper reconstructs “infinitesimal” historical cosmopolitanism as proposed by Schelling and Kant. The second part confronts this position with the results of the theory of infinitely repeated games among groups. The third part offers reflections on additional conditions and contingencies of the theory and the forth part draws the conclusion: while we can reasonably assume global cooperation to increase and stabilize over time under sustainable conditions, we cannot predict the institutional design of that cooperation.

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Item Type:Scientific Publication in Electronic Form
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
170 Ethics
Editors:Reboul A
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:30 Sep 2011 07:13
Last Modified:11 May 2016 10:49
Publisher:Universität Genf
Number of Pages:13
Additional Information:Philosophical papers dedicated to Kevin Mulligan
Official URL:http://www.philosophie.ch/kevin/festschrift/Cheneval-paper.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.philosophie.ch/kevin/festschrift/byauthor.php
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-49854

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