Master Classes: Tuesday, 13th July

AHRC-sponsored master classes in the LSE Choice Group

Simon Huttegger (UC Irvine) and

Kevin Zollman (CMU)

"Game Theory, Evolution and Communication"

Simon Huttegger| is an Assistant Professor of Logic & Philosophy of Science at UC Irvine.

Kevin Zollman| is an Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon.


Tuesday, 13 July (Venue: T206, Lakatos Building)

13.30 – 15.00 Part I. Game Theory and Animal Interaction

Game theory originated to study strategic situations – those situations where how well one individual does depends not only on her own actions but also on the actions of others. These situations occur both in human interaction and in other animals as well. This course will focus on the use of game theory in studying non-human animal interactions. Problems addressed with these tools include: altruism, conflict, and signaling. In studying these types of problem two main techniques have emerged called static and dynamic techniques respectively. This course will introduce students to both of these techniques and discuss the philosophical underpinnings of both.

16.00 – 17.30 Part II. Conventions

In his seminal book "Conventions", David Lewis analyzed the strategic aspects of communication by using game theory. Since then, the development of a rich set of tools has allowed researchers in economics, theoretical biology and philosophy to considerably expand on Lewis' basic insights. In this lecture, I will survey some of the most important findings and explain their significance.

Wednesday, 14 July

Workshop on 'Networks, Signalling, Social Epistemology'. More details here|.

Master class readings

- John Maynard Smith, Evolution and the theory of games, Chapters 1 and 2.
- David Lewis, Convention, Chapter 4.
- Brian Skyrms, Evolution of the Social Contract, Chapter 5.


Please register by sending an email to c.heilmann @

Further Information

The master classes are organized by the LSE Choice Group and sponsored by the AHRC. The LSE Choice Group| is a group of people based for the most part at the LSE with a shared interest in the theory of rational decision making in individuals and groups and its application to economic, political and social questions. We hold regular seminars on Wednesday afternoons from 17-30 to 19-00 in T206 (2nd floor, Lakatos Building, Portugal Street. Please email c.heilmann @ if you are interested in regular updates on seminars and events.


The LSE Choice Group is supported by the LSE Annual Fund and the AHRC|: