Causal decision theory

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 59 (1):5 – 30 (1981)
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Abstract

Newcomb's problem and similar cases show the need to incorporate causal distinctions into the theory of rational decision; the usual noncausal decision theory, though simpler, does not always give the right answers. I give my own version of causal decision theory, compare it with versions offered by several other authors, and suggest that the versions have more in common than meets the eye.

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David K. Lewis
PhD: Harvard University; Last affiliation: Princeton University

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