[SydPhil] Notification: Brian Hedden, "Counterfactual Decision Theory" @ Wed 4 May 2022 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)

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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
Calendar: Seminars
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