Lucretius 5.1011-27: the origins of justice and the Prisoner's Dilemma.
Leeds International Classical Studies, 1 (3).
This paper considers two problems in Lucretius' account of the origin of justice: its assumption of an apparently un-Epicurean absolute notion of fairness, and its unexplained assertion that the earliest humans were at risk of catastrophic extinction. It is argued that modern evolutionary theory and game-theoretic models help to solve these problems.
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