Meinhardt, Holger Ingmar (2015): The Incorrect Usage of Propositional Logic in Game Theory: The Case of Disproving Oneself.
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Recently, we had to realize that more and more game theoretical articles have been published in peerreviewed journals with severe logical deficiencies. In particular, we observed that the indirect proof was not applied correctly. These authors confuse between statements of propositional logic. They apply an indirect proof while assuming a prerequisite in order to get a contradiction. For instance, to find out that ``if A then B'' is valid, they suppose that the assumptions ``A and not B'' are valid to derive a contradiction in order to deduce ``if A then B''. Hence, they want to establish the equivalent proposition ``A and not B implies A and not A'' to conclude that ``if A then B''is valid. In fact, they prove that a truth implies a falsehood, which is a wrong statement. As a consequence, ``if A then B'' is invalid, disproving their own results. We present and discuss some selected cases from the literature with severe logical flaws, invalidating the articles.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  The Incorrect Usage of Propositional Logic in Game Theory: The Case of Disproving Oneself 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  Transferable Utility Game; Solution Concepts; Axiomatization; Propositional Logic, Material Implication; Circular Reasoning (circulus in probando); Indirect Proof; Proof by Contradiction; Proof by Contraposition; Cooperative Oligopoly Games 
Subjects:  C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C7  Game Theory and Bargaining Theory > C71  Cooperative Games 
Item ID:  66637 
Depositing User:  Dr. Holger Ingmar Meinhardt 
Date Deposited:  16 Sep 2015 04:25 
Last Modified:  29 Sep 2019 09:49 
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URI:  https://mpra.ub.unimuenchen.de/id/eprint/66637 
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