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Thursday, March 17, 2016

A WORD TO THE WISE

Faithful readers of this blog may be unaware that I have a second blog called Formal Methods in Political Philosophy, consisting of thirty lengthy segments written and posted between May 5th and July 28th six years ago in 2010.  If you have ever wondered just what a zero-sum game is, or why all the fuss about The Prisoner's Dilemma, or what the Paradox of Majority Rule is, or what the St. Petersburg Gamble is;  if you would like a precise, technical into-the-weeds formal analysis of John Rawls' famous Theory of Justice; if you would like actually to find out what Game Theory is all about -- or if you just like technical stuff, as I do, you might like to take a look.  Once again, here is the link.

If you have questions or comments, best to post them here, because I almost never look at that blog any more.

By the way, although it usually gets between ten and twenty hits a day, every so often if gets as many as a hundred, and when that happens, the visitors are like as not coming mainly from Russia.  Go figure!

6 comments:

trane said...

Sort of a propos your formal methods blog, there is a take from Jack Balkin on the collective action problem of opponents of Trump as the Republican nominee here:

http://balkin.blogspot.dk/

Cheers,
Trane

Alex Campbell said...

Hi Robert,

Do the blog posts build on one another? If I am interested in going through them, should I start from the beginning or read them in any particular order?

Best,
Alex Campbell

Josep Carbonell said...

Great. Very interesting to follow all these opinions about the next American elections. Greetings from València (Europe). Josep Carbonell.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Alex, they should be read in order, because concepts defined at the beginning are used later on, and so forth.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Trane, I just read the Jack Balkin piece. I think he overestimates the ability of Trump and Cruz to control the Rules Committee of the Convention, though that is just a guess. On the other hand, I am still convinced that Trump will get the 1237 delegates he needs on the first ballot to win the nomination.

trane said...

Professor Wolff,

Thank you for your response. Your posts on the primaries are very illuminating.

As you predicted a while back, Trump seems to be the most likely nominee. These are strange times.

Cheers,
Trane