A Note in Defence of Ratificationism
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Andy Egan argues that neither evidential nor causal decision theory gives the intuitively right recommendation in the cases The Smoking Lesion, The Psychopath Button, and The Three-Option Smoking Lesion. Furthermore, Egan argues that we cannot avoid these problems by any kind of ratificationism. This paper develops a new version of ratificationism that gives the right recommendations. Thus, the new proposal has an advantage over evidential and casual decision theory and standard ratificationist evidential decision theory.
KeywordsGeneral Ratificationism Decision Theory Ratifiablen Alternative Infinite Regress Ratificationist Account
Thanks to Frank Arntzenius, John Cantwell, Sven Ove Hansson, Martin Peterson, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Tor Sandqvist, and two anonymous referees for Erkenntnis.