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Title: The philosopher's paradox: How to make a coherent decision in the Newcomb Problem
Author: Hoefer, Carl
Viger, Christopher
Viger, Daniel
Keywords: Presa de decisions
Elecció (Psicologia)
Decision making
Choice (Psychology)
Newcomb, William A.
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2019
Publisher: Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibersitatea
Abstract: We offer a novel argument for one-boxing in Newcomb's Problem. The intentional states of a rational person are psychologically coherent across time, and rational decisions are made against this backdrop. We compare this coherence constraint with a golf swing, which to be effective must include a follow-through after the ball is in flight. Decisions, like golf swings, are extended processes, and their coherence with other psychological states of a player in the Newcomb scenario links her choice with the way she is predicted in a common cause structure. As a result, the standard argument for two-boxing is mistaken.
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It is part of: Theoria, 2019, vol. 34, num. 3, p. 407-421
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ISSN: 0495-4548
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Filosofia)

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