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David Lewis

Print publication date: 1987

Print ISBN-13: 9780195036466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195036468.001.0001

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Causal Decision Theory

Causal Decision Theory

(p.305) Twenty‐Seven Causal Decision Theory
Philosophical Papers Volume II

David Lewis

Oxford University Press

When confronted with Newcomb problems, decision theory yields the wrong answer. This paper argues for an improved decision theory that is sensitive to causal distinctions. The causal theories of Skyrms, Sobel, and others are surveyed, and an objection against causal decision theories in general is deflected. The paper includes a postscript dealing with two criticisms by Rabinowicz.

Keywords:   causal decision theory, decision theory, Gibbard, Harper, Newcomb problem, Rabinowicz, Skyrms, Sobel

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