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Rational Decision and Causality

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Brian Skyrms
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  • Date Published: August 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507957

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  • First published in 1982, Ellery Eells' original work on rational decision making had extensive implications for probability theorists, economists, statisticians and psychologists concerned with decision making and the employment of Bayesian principles. His analysis of the philosophical and psychological significance of Bayesian decision theories, causal decision theories and Newcomb's paradox continues to be influential in philosophy of science. His book is now revived for a new generation of readers and presented in a fresh twenty-first-century series livery, including a specially commissioned preface written by Brian Skyrms, illuminating its continuing importance and relevance to philosophical enquiry.

    • Unique to Cambridge, this classic book has been revived and rebranded for a twenty-first-century readership
    • Analyses the philosophical and psychological significance of rational decision theories
    • Of interest to a range of readers, including probability theorists, economists, statisticians and psychologists
    • Features a specially commissioned preface written by Brian Skyrms
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507957
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to this edition Brian Skyrms
    1. Bayesianism
    2. The philosophical and psychological significance of Bayesian decision theory
    3. Bayesian decision theories: some details
    4. The counterexamples
    5. Causal decision theories
    6. Common causes, reasons and symptotic acts
    7. A general defence of PMCEU
    8. Newcomb's paradox

  • Author

    Ellery Eells
    Professor Ellery Eells (1953–2006) was a leading philosopher of science, best known for his probabilistic theories of causation and his decision theory. He authored and edited several books, including Probability and Conditionals: Belief Revision and Rational Decision (with Brian Skyrms, Cambridge, 1994) and Probabilistic Causality (Cambridge, 1991).


    Brian Skyrms

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