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Freedom, Fiction and Evidential Decision Theory

McKay, PK; (2007) Freedom, Fiction and Evidential Decision Theory. Erkenntnis , 66 (3) pp. 393-407. 10.1007/s10670-007-9040-7. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper argues against evidential decision-theory, by showing that the newest responses to its biggest current problem – the medical Newcomb problems – don’t work. The latest approach is described, and the arguments of two main proponents of it – Huw Price and CR Hitchcock – clearly distinguished and examined. It is argued that since neither new defence is successful, causation remains essential to understanding means-end agency.

Type: Article
Title: Freedom, Fiction and Evidential Decision Theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10670-007-9040-7
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10670-007-9040-7
Language: English
Additional information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10670-007-9040-7.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1397590
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