Causation in Decision, Belief Change, and Statistics

Proceedings of the Irvine Conference on Probability and Causation

  • William L. Harper
  • Brian Skyrms

Part of the The University of Western Ontario Series in Philosophy of Science book series (WONS, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Decisions and Games

  3. Rational Belief Change

  4. Statistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Isaac Levi
      Pages 195-222
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-254

About this book


The papers collected here are, with three exceptions, those presented at a conference on probability and causation held at the University of California at Irvine on July 15-19, 1985. The exceptions are that David Freedman and Abner Shimony were not able to contribute the papers that they presented to this volume, and that Clark Glymour who was not able to attend the conference did contribute a paper. We would like to thank the National Science Foundation and the School of Humanities of the University of California at Irvine for generous support. WILLIAM HARPER University of Western Ontario BRIAN SKYRMS University of California at Irvine Vll INTRODUCTION PART I: DECISIONS AND GAMES Causal notions have recently corne to figure prominently in discussions about rational decision making. Indeed, a relatively influential new approach to theorizing about rational choice has come to be called "causal decision theory". 1 Decision problems such as Newcombe's Problem and some versions of the Prisoner's Dilemma where an act counts as evidence for a desired state even though the agent knows his choice of that act cannot causally influence whether or not the state obtains have motivated causal decision theorists.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William L. Harper
    • 1
  • Brian Skyrms
    • 2
  1. 1.Talbot CollegeThe University of Western OntarioCanada
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California at IrvineUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7789-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2865-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-659X
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