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Jack Spencer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The crucial premise of the standard argument for two-boxing in Newcomb's problem, a causal dominance principle, is false. We present some counterexamples. We then offer a metaethical explanation for why the counterexamples arise. Our explanation reveals a new and superior argument for two-boxing, one that eschews the causal dominance principle in favor of a principle linking rational choice to guidance and actual value maximization.
Keywords decision theory  Newcomb's problem  meta-ethics  causal decision theory
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DOI 10.1111/phpr.12466
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