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Sider's stage theory and expectancy prior to personal fission

Tappenden, Paul (2008) Sider's stage theory and expectancy prior to personal fission. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    According to Sider’s stage theory a subject about to undergo personal fission should expect to experience each outcome simultaneously as distinct persons. How is the subject to make sense of this ? I argue that their most paradigmatically self-interested future-directed behaviour, betting for personal gain, ought to be exactly the same as in equivalent games of chance where the possible outcomes correspond to the fission output branches. So this novel form of expectancy, albeit strange, can be a reliable guide to action


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: In submission.
    Keywords: Sider, stage theory, personal fission, chance, probability
    Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
    Depositing User: paul tappenden
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3903
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3903

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