Brian Skyrms, UC Irvine

Brian Skyrms is a distinguished professor of logic and philosophy of science and economics at the University of California, Irvine. He has worked on problems in the philosophy of science, causation, decision theory, game theory and the foundations of probability.

Skyrms is currently studying evolution of conventions and the social contract, and is also interested in inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation, the metaphysics of logical atomism, causality and truth.

Most recently, Skyrms work has focused on the evolution of social norms using evolutionary game theory. His two recent books, Evolution of the Social Contract and The Stag Hunt (2004, Cambridge), are both on this topic. These books use arguments and examples from evolutionary game theory to cover topics of interest to political philosophy, philosophy of social science, philosophy of language, and the philosophy of biology.  

Skyrms is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and one of two living philosophers (along with Allan Gibbard) to be elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

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