Philosophia 42 (3):841-859 (2014)

It is commonly thought, in line with the position defended in an influential paper by David Lewis, that the decision problems faced in the prisoner’s dilemma and the Newcomb situation are essentially the same problem. José Luis Bermúdez has recently attacked the case Lewis makes for this claim. While I think the claim is false, I contend that Bermúdez’s reason for rejecting Lewis’s argument is inadequate, and then outline what I take to be a better reason for doing so.
Keywords Newcomb problem  Prisoner’s dilemma  Evidential decision theory  Causal decision theory  Deliberation  Prediction  Conditionals  Practical reasons  First-order decision  Second-order decision  Causation
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-014-9516-z
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