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Ethics in Business - 2081 Sec 1PRESUPPOSITIONS OF THE GAME THEORYSoloman believes that as the game theory gets more sophisticated we tend to lose sight ofthe problem rather than solve it He sees the problem as how to get people to think aboutbusiness and about themselves in an Aristotelian rather than a neo-Hobbesian or even aRawlsian way which the game theoretical models simply presupposeSoloman discusses seven presuppositions in the first section of his Ethics Excellence book They are rationality and prudence motivation and self-interestmoney and measurement the anomaly of altruism good and goals the open-ended playingfield and the role of the rules Soloman rejects each presupposition and gives hisreasons whyThis essay will discuss two of these presuppositions and either agree or disagree withSoloman and then give reasons as to why The two presuppositions that will be discussedare money and measurement and the role of the rulesMoney and MeasurementIn business as in most games we like to keep score As one of Solomans businessmanfriends told him in business you always know how well you are doing You just haveto put your hand in your pocket People often think the more money one has thehappier they are You often hear people say if I only had more money I would behappy Frequently the perceived level of success is compared to the size ofones bank account the location of their house or the amount of cars in thedriveway People seem to perceive money as being happinessSoloman says that keeping score although it is not an essential feature of games seemsto be one of the most durable features of game theory He thinks that the best way to keepscore is to have a dependable point system a definite unit of worth which is moneySoloman rejects this presupposition by first stating that money isnt the onlyor even primary social good and money is only a means and not an endSoloman agrees with these statements but to further reject this presupposition
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