Infallibility in the Newcomb Problem

Erkenntnis 80 (2):261-273 (2015)
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Abstract

It is intuitively attractive to think that it makes a difference in Newcomb’s problem whether or not the predictor is infallible, in the sense of being certainly actually correct. This paper argues that that view is irrational and manifests a well-documented cognitive illusion

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The Logic of Decision.Richard C. Jeffrey - 1965 - New York, NY, USA: University of Chicago Press.
The Nature of Rationality.Robert Nozick - 1993 - Princeton University Press.

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