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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Uptake update

During the Thanksgiving break on this blog, my guest Avery posted a fine piece on "Giving Uptake on Moral Values." Benjamin Baeker read the piece and linked it on his own blog.

Avery also posted it to the Cardinal Philosophy blog and received some additional interesting feedback that placed this somewhat abstract topic squarely within the context of current electoral politics.

Most importantly, Avery (a philosophy professor) has now written "Uptake redux," which I strongly encourage everyone to read. It is excellent, but I've long had a soft spot for interesting discussions of rational choice theory and philosophy.

Basically, Avery thinks about "giving uptake" as a public good and discusses various game theoretic strategies for achieving it. He speculates that conservatives may have figured out a way to privatize uptake!

Wouldn't this be a good topic for Crooked Timber? Henry?

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