The Logic of Fairness

esterday I remembered another example of a purely human situation wherein a perfectly fair means of determining the outcome is available. This caused me to wonder if there are many other of these types of "logics" which could be used in other volatile situations. I am appealing to my readers here for any info they may have on the subject.

Is this covered anywhere else on the Net? Do you know of any other instances of "fair logic" that I could add to my list? There are probably at least a few more and I might even know of them but have forgotten. This is actually quite an important subject. I'll bet someone, somewhere has written a book on it. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated.

This is what I mean by Fair Logic

  • Candy Bar Division
    Two children want to share a candy bar fairly. One breaks the candy bar in half and the other gets to pick first.
  • Musician's Blind Audition
    Each musician plays his instrument to a judge behind a curtain so that his/her identity is unknown. Gig is given to whomsoever plays best.

You see what I mean by "logically fair"?

While it is true that the above examples could fail to achieve a fair outcome because of "anomalies" (accidentally breaking the candy bar into two unequal pieces or the best musician got hit in the mouth before playing his horn) ... it is clear that the structure of the logic is perfectly fair.

The above "candy bar" logic was the inspiration for my form of government in "Proper Government". I wanted to achieve something as close to a fair logic as the candy bar example ... in the realm of political selection.

These things are inherently very simple

That is why they are so useful and why they are so strong (philosophically speaking). If I discover any more I will list them here.

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