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Title: Brian Hedden, "Counterfactual Decision Theory"
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Title: Counterfactual Decision Theory
Abstract: I defend counterfactual decision theory, which says that you
should evaluate an act in terms of which outcomes would likely obtain, were
you to perform it. Counterfactual decision theory has traditionally been
subsumed under causal decision theory as a particular formulation of the
latter. This is a mistake. Counterfactual decision theory is importantly
different from, and superior to, causal decision theory. Causation and
counterfactuals come apart in three kinds of cases. In cases of
overdetermination, an act can cause a good outcome without the latter
counterfactually depending on the former. In cases of constitution, an act
can constitute a good outcome rather than causing it. In cases of
determinism, either the laws or the past counterfactually depend on your
act, even though your act cannot cause the laws or the past to be
different. In each of these cases, it is counterfactual decision theory
which gives the right verdict, and for the right reasons.
When: Wed 4 May 2022 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
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