The Prisoner's Dilemma

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RUNNING HEAD: THE PRISONER’S DILEMMA The Prisoner’s Dilemma: What is in My Best Interest? Andrea D. Allen Argosy University The dilemma that is presented in the scenario of the “Prisoner’s Dilemma” is whether or not one prisoner should cooperate with the other prisoner and reject his or her own self- interest. The reasoning that each person gives, in my opinion becomes a fallacy because, in the end, no one is really thinking about the other one, they are actually thinking about self. This is how they both end up with a 5 year sentence. The ego stepped forward and reasoned that “I will do what will get me 1 year”. The one feels that it is best to beat the other one, because if not, the other one will beat them. I feel that the entire premise of the Prisoner’s Dilemma is rooted in egoism. Egoism is also considered a theory of consequentialism and it is not bound to the social contract (Argosy, 2015). Egoist do not feel that the greatest happiness is a result of being spread out within a population. Egoism says that self is most important and whatever way to ensure that self is satisfied is the best option. Police officers and interrogators depend on this need to ‘help self’, when it comes to trying to get the answers they are looking for in order to solve a crime. The theory that is consistent with cooperating with the other prisoner and rejecting self would be the utilitarian theory. With utilitarianism, one feels that the common welfare and greater good of others is what is most important. To a utilitarian, the more pain is lessened for an individual, the better things are. The focus is not on maximizing pleasure. For one of the prisoners to think of the other, it would mean that their prime goal would be that of the other prisoner. No matter what the sentence would be, their focus would consistently be on minimizing the pain or
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