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Title: After the Theft: Natural Distribution States and Prisoner's Dilemmas in the Paradise Story
Authors: Wagner-Tsukamoto, Sigmund
First Published: Nov-2011
Citation: Research Paper presented at the Conference: 'Religion and Capitalism', organised by Società, Forum for Ethics, Art and Law, in cooperation with Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society, 17-19 November 2011, University of Vienna, Austria.
Abstract: The paper identifies for the paradise story that which Buchanan’s constitutional economics termed “natural distribution states” and escalating prisoner’s dilemma (PD) games. I constructed game matrices for God’s and Adam & Eve’s decisions to respect or not to respect rights of each others party. For Adam and Eve, the matrices specify decisions regarding theft from the “divine” trees. For God, punishment options in reaction to Adam and Eve’s theft are paid special attention to. As regards how storytelling was set up at the outset of the Old Testament, the paper shows that the paradise story avoided a “game over” scenario in which Adam and Eve either were killed or were elevated to become gods themselves. In as much as a natural distribution state (even a PD outcome) prevailed as a result of these paradise interactions, I argue that this heuristically set up further storytelling about fairer social contracting between God and humans in the Old Testament.
Type: Conference paper
Rights: Copyright © 2011 the Author.
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