Epinets:The Epistemic Structure and Dynamics of Social Networks
by Mihnea Moldoveanu and Joel A.C Baum
Epinets presents a new way to think about social networks, which focuses on the knowledge that underlies our social interactions. Guiding readers through the web of beliefs that networked individuals have about each other and probing into what others think, this book illuminates the deeper character and influence of relationships
Drawing on artificial intelligence, the philosophy of language, and epistemic game theory, Moldoveanu and Baum formulate a lexicon and array of conceptual tools that enable readers to explain, predict, and shape the fabric and behavior of social networks. With an innovative and strategically-minded look at the assumptions that enable and clog our networks, this book lays the groundwork for a leap forward in our understanding of human relations.
“Epinets offers a really exciting new lens for social network analysis, grounded in excellent scholarly work. Mihnea Moldoveanu and Joel Baum’s ideas are both intriguing and demanding, yet always presented in clear and accessible language.”
—WOODY POWELL, Standford University