Alexander, J. McKenzie

Dr J. McKenzie Alexander  


Position held

Experience keywords:

computational methods in philosophy; evolution of social/moral norms; evolutionary game theory; norms; philosophy

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I work primarily in evolutionary game theory and especially on methodological and theoretical issues related to the attempt to provide (cultural) evolutionary explanations of moral and social norms. I also have broad interests in the philosophy of social science and the philosophy of biology.

Media experience:

Radio; TV

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020 7955 6496



Alexander, J. McKenzie and Himmelreich, Johannes and Thompson, C. (2015) Epistemic landscapes, optimal search and the division of cognitive labor Philosophy of Science, 82 (3). 424-453. ISSN 0031-8248


Alexander, J. McKenzie (2014) Cheap talk, reinforcement learning and the emergence of cooperation Philosophy of Science, 82 (5). 969-982. ISSN 0031-8248


Alexander, J McKenzie (2013) On the redress of grievances Analysis, 73 (2). 228-230. ISSN 0003-2638

Alexander, J. McKenzie (2013) Preferential attachment and the search for successful theories Philosophy of Science, 80 (5). 769-782. ISSN 0031-8248


Alexander, Jason McKenzie and Skyrms, Brian and Zabell, Sandy L. (2012) Inventing new signals Dynamic Games and Applications, 2 (1). 129-145. ISSN 2153-0785

Alexander, J McKenzie (2012) Decision theory meets the Witch of Agnesi Journal of Philosophy, 109 (12). 712-727. ISSN 0022-362X

Alexander, J McKenzie (2012) Learning to signal in a dynamic world British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0007-0882

Alexander, J. McKenzie (2012) Why the angels cannot choose Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 90 (4). 619-640. ISSN 0004-8402


Alexander, J. McKenzie (2011) Expectations and choiceworthiness Mind, 120 (479). 803-817. ISSN 0026-4423


Alexander, J. McKenzie (2010) Robustness, optimality, and the handicap principle Biology and Philosophy, 25 (5). 868-879. ISSN 0169-3867

Alexander, J. McKenzie (2010) Reconciling morality with the theory of rational choice via evolution In: Lebenswelt Un Wissenschaft: Kolloquienbeiträge und öFfentliche Vorträge des Xxi. Deutsches Jahrbuch Philosophie, 3. Deutschen Kongresses für Philosophie / Meiner, Hamburg, Germany.

Alexander, J. McKenzie (2010) Local interactions and the dynamics of rational deliberation Philosophical Studies, 147 (1). 103-121. ISSN 0031-8116


Alexander, J. McKenzie (2009) Social deliberation: Nash, Bayes, and the partial vindication of Gabriele Tarde Episteme, 6 (2). 164-184. ISSN 1742-3600


Alexander, J McKenzie (2008) Cooperation In: Sarkar, Sahorta and Plutynski, Anya, (eds.) Companion to the Philosophy of Biology. Blackwell companions to philosophy (39). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, 415-430. ISBN 9781405125727


Alexander, J McKenzie (2007) The structural evolution of morality Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780521870320

Alexander, Jason and Bicchieri, Cristina, eds (2007) PSA: proceedings of the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association ISSN: 0270-8647, 20. University of Chicago Press.


Alexander, J McKenzie (2006) Game theory In: Sarkar, Sahotra and Pfeifer, Jessica, (eds.) The Philosophy of Science: an Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 041597710X

Alexander, J McKenzie (2006) Book review: the stag hunt and the evolution of social structure Economics and Philosophy, 22 (3). 441-448. ISSN 0266-2671


Vanderschraaf, Peter and Alexander, J McKenzie (2005) Follow the leader : local interactions with influence neighborhoods Philosophy of Science, 72 (1). 86-113. ISSN 0031-8248

Alexander, J McKenzie (2005) The evolutionary foundations of strong reciprocity Analyse and Kritik: Zeitschrift fur Sozialtheorie. 106-112. ISSN 0171-5860


Alexander, J McKenzie (2003) Random Boolean networks and evolutionary game theory Philosophy of Science, 70 (1). 1289-1304. ISSN 0270-8647

Alexander, J McKenzie (2003) Artificial justice In: Bedua, Mark and McCaskill, John and Packard, Norman and Rasmussen, Steen, (eds.) Artificial Life Viii: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Artificial Life. MIT Press, 513-523. ISBN 0262692813


Alexander, J McKenzie (2002) Behaviorism and altruistic acts Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25 (2). 252. ISSN 0140-525X

Alexander, J McKenzie and Barrett, Jeffrey, eds (2002) PSA: proceedings of the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association ISSN: 0270-8647, 17. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Alexander, Jason (2001) Group dynamics in the state of nature Erkenntnis, 55 (2). 169-182. ISSN 1572-8420

Alexander, J McKenzie (2001) Evolutionary game theory Standord Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Fall. ISSN 1095-5054


Alexander, J McKenzie (2000) Evolutionary explanations of distributive justice Philosophy of Science, 67 (3). 490-516. ISSN 0270-8647

Alexander, J McKenzie and Ebner, Marc and Watson, Richard (2000) Co-evolutionary dynamics on a deformable landscape In: Proceedings of the 2000 Congress on Evolutionary Computation: Cec00: July 16-19, 2000, la Jolla Marriott Hotel, la Jolla, Califo. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Picastaway, New Jersey, 1284-1291. ISBN 0780363752

Alexander, J McKenzie and Balasubramanian, Rajalakshmi and Martin, Jeremy and Monahan, Kimberly and Pollatsek, Harriet and Sen, Ashna (2000) Ruling out (160, 54, 18) difference sets in some nonabelian groups Journal of Combinatorial Designs, 8 (4). 221-231. ISSN 1063-8539


Alexander, J McKenzie and Skyrms, Brian (1999) Bargaining with neighbors: is justice contagious? Journal of Philosophy, 96 (11). 588-598. ISSN 0022-362x

Alexander, Jason and Skyrms, Brian (1999) The (spatial) evolution of the equal split Technical report MBS, University of California - Irvine, Irvine, USA.

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