[SydPhil] Notification: Brian Hedden, "Counterfactual Decision Theory" @ Wed 10 Aug 2022 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Brian Hedden, "Counterfactual Decision Theory"
Wednesday 10 Aug 2022 ⋅ 15:30 – 17:00
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Title: Counterfactual Decision TheorySimulcast via  
Zoom: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/87937027507Abstract: 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.

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