Uncertainty and Control

Diametros 53:50-59 (2017)

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Sven Ove Hansson
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
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In a decision making context, an agent’s uncertainty can be either epistemic, i.e. due to her lack of knowledge, or agentive, i.e. due to her not having made use of her decision-making power. In cases when it is unclear whether or not a decision maker presently has control over her own future actions, it is difficult to determine whether her uncertainty is epistemic or agentive. Such situations are often difficult for the agent to deal with, but from an outsider’s perspective, they can have sensible pragmatic solutions.
Keywords Newcomb’s paradox  agentive uncertainty  control  death in Damascus  uncertainty
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DOI 10.13153/diam.53.0.1100
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