A questionable assertion by David Lewis

Consider the following:

"The state of nature need not be a state in which we achieve coordination equilibria conforming to a regularity. Certainly Hobbes's state of nature is not: battles in the war of all against all do not result in equilibria (since the loser will wish he had adopted a different strategy), let alone coordination equilibria." -- Conventions, p. 95

The first part of this conclusion seems curious to me: In a Hobbesian state of nature, if some big guy shows up, kicks my butt, and takes my stuff, what "different strategy" would I wish I had adopted? "Don't get your butt kicked"?

4 comments:

  1. 1) All I have is yours, but my neighbor has much finer things, so let us join forces and make them our own.
    2) Let me serve you the rest of my days.

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    1. I think Lewis is considering something like this, but in Hobbes's state of nature, could anyone trust such pledges? Better kill the guy while you can.

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  2. Acquiring and holding less to no stuff

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