Why Prisoners’ Dilemma Is Not A Newcomb Problem
Woodward (P.A.)
Source: Sorites 17, December 2006
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    David Lewis has argued that we can gain helpful insight to the (all too common) Prisoners’ Dilemmas that we face from the fact that Newcomb’s Problems are easy to solve, and the fact that Prisoners’ Dilemmas are nothing other than two Newcomb Problems side by side. The present paper shows that the (all too common) Prisoners’ Dilemmas that we face are significantly different from Newcomb Problems in that the former are iterated while the latter are not. Thus Lewis’s hope that we can get insight into the former from the latter is illusory.


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