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dc.contributor.authorCavalcanti, Eric G
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:39:39Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:39:39Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.date.modified2011-02-11T08:03:29Z
dc.identifier.issn0007-0882
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/bjps/axp050
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/35774
dc.description.abstractI apply some of the lessons from quantum theory, in particular from Bell's theorem, to a debate on the foundations of decision theory and causation. By tracing a formal analogy between the basic assumptions of causal decision theory (CDT)-which was developed partly in response to Newcomb's problem-and those of a local hidden variable theory in the context of quantum mechanics, I show that an agent who acts according to CDT and gives any nonzero credence to some possible causal interpretations underlying quantum phenomena should bet against quantum mechanics in some feasible game scenarios involving entangled systems, no matter what evidence they acquire. As a consequence, either the most accepted version of decision theory is wrong, or it provides a practical distinction, in terms of the prescribed behaviour of rational agents, between some metaphysical hypotheses regarding the causal structure underlying quantum mechanics.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.publisher.urihttp://arxiv.org/abs/0911.2500
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom569
dc.relation.ispartofpageto597
dc.relation.ispartofissue3
dc.relation.ispartofjournalBritish Journal for the Philosophy of Science
dc.relation.ispartofvolume61
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchHistory and Philosophy of Specific Fields
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPhilosophy
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170299
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2202
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode2203
dc.titleCausation, decision theory, and Bell's theorem: A quantum analogue of the Newcomb problem
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorCavalcanti, Eric G.


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