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Brian Skyrms (born 1938) is a Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at the University of California, Irvine and a Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. He has worked on problems in the philosophy of science, causation, decision theory, game theory, and the foundations of probability.
Education and career
Skyrms graduated from Lehigh University in 1960 and earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964. He taught at several different universities, before teaching at the University of Illinois, Chicago from 1968 until 1980, when he moved to the University of California, Irvine.
Most recently, his work has focused on the evolution of social norms using evolutionary game theory. His two recent books Evolution of the Social Contract  and The Stag Hunt  are both on this topic. These books use arguments and examples from evolutionary game theory to cover topics of interest to political philosophy, philosophy of social science, philosophy of language, and the philosophy of biology.
- Ten Great Ideas about Chance (with Persi Diaconis, Princeton University Press, 2018)
- Social Dynamics, Oxford University Press 2014.
- Signals: Evolution, Learning, and Information, Oxford University Press 2010
- The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure, Cambridge University Press 2004
- Evolution of the Social Contract, Cambridge University Press 1996
- The Dynamics of Rational Deliberation, Harvard University Press 1990
- Pragmatics and Empiricism, Yale University Press 1984
- Causal Necessity, Yale University Press 1980
- Choice and Chance: An Introduction to Inductive Logic, Dickenson 1966, 4th ed. Wadsworth 1999. (Translated into German as: Einführung in die induktive Logik, Lang 1989.)
- Brian Skyrms (2014) . Evolution of the Social Contract. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-43428-8.
- Brian Skyrms (2004). The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-53392-8.
- Reviews of Ten Great Ideas about Chance:
- Hunacek, Mark (November 2017), "Review", MAA Reviews
- Bickel, David R., Mathematical Reviews, MR 3702017CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Zeilberger, Doron (December 31, 2018), Opinion 165
- Hilgert, Joachim (January 2018), Mathematische Semesterberichte, 65 (1): 125–127, doi:10.1007/s00591-018-0217-8, S2CID 125603542CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Bultheel, Adhemar (January 2018), "Review", EMS Reviews
- Micu, Alexandru (February 12, 2018), "Review", ZME Science
- Dyke, Phil (April 2018), "Review", Leonardo
- Case, James (April 2, 2018), "Demystifying Chance: Understanding the Secrets of Probability", SIAM News
- Cormick, Craig (April 5, 2018), "Review", Cosmos
- Crilly, Tony (June 2018), BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 33 (3): 197–199, doi:10.1080/17498430.2018.1478532, S2CID 125733920CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Toller, Owen (October 2018), The Mathematical Gazette, 102 (555): 567–568, doi:10.1017/mag.2018.155CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Cox, Louis Anthony Tony (November 2018), Risk Analysis, 38 (11): 2497–2501, doi:10.1111/risa.13196CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Huber, Mark (2019), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 66 (6): 917–921, MR 3929582CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Godfrey-Smith, Peter (2012). "Review of Signals by Brian Skyrms" (PDF). Mind. 120 (480): 1288–1297. doi:10.1093/mind/fzs002.