Reflective coherence and Newcomb problems: a simple solution

Malinas, Gary (1993) Reflective coherence and Newcomb problems: a simple solution. Theory and Decision, 35 2: 151-166. doi:10.1007/BF01074956

Author Malinas, Gary
Title Reflective coherence and Newcomb problems: a simple solution
Journal name Theory and Decision   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0040-5833
Publication date 1993-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF01074956
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Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 151
End page 166
Total pages 16
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Assignments of greater expected value to dominated options in Newcomb problems are analyzed as manifestations of reflective incoherence. The prospect of a greater reward by choosing a dominated option is illusory, since any 'ill gotten', i.e. irrational, gains can be leeched away by submitting the agent to a dynamic Dutch Book. In the Appendix, a proof is given which shows that if the agent is to avoid the Dutch Book in Newcomb situations, his degrees of belief are reflectively coherent if and only if his desirabilities at the time of choice align with his desirabilities at the time of action.
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Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
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