A classification of Newcomb problems and decision theories Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2019, Springer Nature B.V. Newcomb-like problems are classified by the payoff table of their act-state pairs, and the causal structure that gives rise to the act-state correlation. Decision theories are classified by the one or more points of intervention whose causal role is taken to be relevant to rationality in various problems. Some decision theories suggest an inherent conflict between different notions of rationality that are all relevant. Some issues with causal modeling raise problems for decision theories in the contexts where Newcomb problems arise.

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  • Easwaran, K.

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publication date

  • May 2019