Games People Play
M-Th 1:30-2:50 Science 217
People play all sorts of games: board-games, math puzzles, contact sports, and even going to college. While the materials may differ, the basic elements for a game of whist and getting a Bachelors Degree are the same: Games have rules, people play by the rules, and winning involves some degree of strategy. Games, then, have quite a bit in common with other human activities. Town Meetings run by rules, as do mathematical systems.
By looking at how rules govern outcomes, we can learn a lot about decision-making whether it is in Town Meeting or in a math problem set. This class considers politics and mathematics as examples of games. It looks at rules of argument in Town Meeting and rules in solving geometry problems. To tie this all together we investigate how Wittgenstein uses games as a way of making sense of human interactions. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor