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Causal Decision Theory

David Lewis

in Philosophical Papers Volume II

Published in print June 1987 | ISBN: 9780195036466
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833399 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195036468.003.0012
                      Causal Decision Theory

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When confronted with Newcomb problems, decision theory yields the wrong answer. This paper argues for an improved decision theory that is sensitive to causal distinctions. The causal theories of Skyrms, Sobel, and others are surveyed, and an objection against causal decision theories in general is deflected. The paper includes a postscript dealing with two criticisms by Rabinowicz.

Keywords: causal decision theory; decision theory; Gibbard; Harper; Newcomb problem; Rabinowicz; Skyrms; Sobel

Chapter.  15119 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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