Conditionals in Game Theory

Course Information
  • Lectures: Eric Pacuit (website) and Ilaria Canavotto (website)
  • Venue: National University of Ireland Galway


  • Dates: Monday, August 15th - Friday, August 19th
  • Meeting Times: 9:00am - 10:30am
  • Reasoning about conditionals, such as ``If I do action aa, the outcome will be cc", plays an important role when studying the foundations of game theory. This course will introduce game theory with a special emphasis on the puzzles and paradoxes that involve reasoning about conditionals (such as the Prisoner's Dilemma and the Aumann-Stalnaker debate about backwards induction). This course will provide a solid foundation for students interested in studying the semantics of conditionals and for students interested in using ideas from game theory in their own field of study.

Day 2    Conditionals in strategic games and the independence assumption
Day 3    Dropping the independence assumption
Day 4    Conditionals in extensive form games I
Day 5    Conditionals in extensive form games II and concluding remarks