•  129
    The inapplicability of evolutionarily stable strategy to the prisoner's dilemma
    British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 41 (4): 461-472. 1990.
    Hamilton games-theoretic conflict model, which applies Maynard Smith's concept of evolutionarily stable strategy to the Prisoner's Dilemma, gives rise to an inconsistency between theoretical prescription and empirical results. Proposed resolutions of thisproblem are incongruent with the tenets of the models involved. The independent consistency of each model is restored, and the anomaly thereby circumvented, by a proof that no evolutionarily stable strategy exists in the Prisoner's Dilemma.
  •  89
    A resolution of Bertrand's paradox
    Philosophy of Science 61 (1): 1-24. 1994.
    Bertrand's random-chord paradox purports to illustrate the inconsistency of the principle of indifference when applied to problems in which the number of possible cases is infinite. This paper shows that Bertrand's original problem is vaguely posed, but demonstrates that clearly stated variations lead to different, but theoretically and empirically self-consistent solutions. The resolution of the paradox lies in appreciating how different geometric entities, represented by uniformly distributed …Read more
  •  48
    How braess' paradox solves newcomb's problem: Not!
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 10 (3). 1996.
    Abstract In an engaging and ingenious paper, Irvine (1993) purports to show how the resolution of Braess? paradox can be applied to Newcomb's problem. To accomplish this end, Irvine forges three links. First, he couples Braess? paradox to the Cohen?Kelly queuing paradox. Second, he couples the Cohen?Kelly queuing paradox to the Prisoner's Dilemma (PD). Third, in accord with received literature, he couples the PD to Newcomb's problem itself. Claiming that the linked models are ?structurally ident…Read more
  •  45
    What Philosophical Counseling Can’t Do
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 5 (4): 33-41. 1998.
    Notwithstanding recent successes of philosophical counseling, which appear to be leading to its legitimization as a professional practice in America and abroad, many forces concen to condition its emergent structure and function. This paper briefly elucidates some of the influences to which philosophical counseling is subject, that lie beyond its unilateral control. These include its portayal by the media to the public, its scope of practice, its relations with psychology and psychiatry, its for…Read more
  •  43
    Journal of the APPA
    with Nancy Matchett, Kate Mehuron, Greg Goode, and Thomas Griffith
    Philosophical Practice 4. 2009-2014.
  •  41
    Pax Nabisco
    The Philosophers' Magazine 3 (3): 37-38. 1998.
  •  40
  •  38
    A reply to Rapoport
    Theory and Decision 41 (2): 157-164. 1996.
  •  36
    Who can counsel?
    with Christian Perring
    The Philosophers' Magazine 19 23-26. 2002.
  •  30
    The PC tyranny
    The Philosophers' Magazine 14 47-49. 2001.
  •  21
    The Geometry of Defection
    Social Philosophy Today 17 69-90. 2001.
    This paper examines a social contractarian model in which an actor cooperates by mimicry; that is, cooperates just in case there is majority cooperation in his orher vicinity. A computer simulation is developed to study the relation between initial and final proportions of such cooperators, as wel l as to chart the population dynamics themselves. The model turns out to be non-linear; item bodies a quintessentially chaotic threshold. The simulation also yields other unforeseen results, revealing …Read more
  •  15
    Inculcating Virtue in Philosophical Practice
    Philosophy in the Contemporary World 7 (4): 51-63. 2000.
    This paper claims that the edifice of philosophical practice bears prima facie resemblance to other counseling-dispensing professions—e.g. medicine, law, psychology, accountancy. It defends virtues of professionalism in philosophical practice against accusations of sophism, and also rejects social constructivism as a politically extreme form of sophistry. It concludes that, notwithstanding prima facie resemblance to other counseling professions, philosophical practice is foundationally distinct …Read more
  •  11
    On Virtual Liberty
    Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 18 (4): 64-76. 1999.
  •  7
    Pax Nabisco: On The Future of Philosophical Practice in America
    The Philosophers' Magazine 3 37-38. 1998.
  •  6
    One Philosopher is Worth a Hundred…“C-words”
    Philosophical Practice 1 (1): 1-10. 2005.
  •  6
    The PC tyranny
    The Philosophers' Magazine 14 47-49. 2001.
  •  5
    Who can counsel?
    with Christian Perring
    The Philosophers' Magazine 19 23-26. 2002.
  •  4
    This paper examines a social contractarian model in which an actor cooperates by mimicry; that is, cooperates just in case there is majority cooperation in his orher vicinity. A computer simulation is developed to study the relation between initial and final proportions of such cooperators, as wel l as to chart the population dynamics themselves. The model turns out to be non-linear; item bodies a quintessentially chaotic threshold. The simulation also yields other unforeseen results, revealing …Read more
  •  3
    Robert J. Geis, Personal Existence After Death Reviewed by
    Philosophy in Review 16 (6): 396-397. 1996.
  •  2
    On Virtual Liberty: Offense, Harm and Censorship in Cyberspace
    Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 18 (4): 64-76. 1999.
  •  1
    On Human Conflict excavates the philosophical foundations of war and peace in order to determine whether wars can ever be ended. It ranges over relevant mathematical models, Hobbes’s natural philosophy, theories of causality, biological and cultural evolution, general systems theory, Buddhism, globalization, and futurology.
  • Robert J. Geis, Personal Existence After Death (review)
    Philosophy in Review 16 396-397. 1996.
  • Exploitation in the Prisoner's Dilemma
    In Peter Danielson (ed.), Modeling Rationality, Morality, and Evolution, Oxford University Press. pp. 7--161. 1998.
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
    with Lars Bergstrom, John Forge, John Leslie, and Sami Pihlstrom
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science: Isps 10 187. 1996.
  • Winning Habits (review)
    Philosophical Practice 5 (1): 600-602. 2010.