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A Dichotomic Analysis of the Surprise Examination Paradox

Franceschi, Paul (2005) A Dichotomic Analysis of the Surprise Examination Paradox. UNSPECIFIED.

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    This paper proposes a new framework to solve the surprise examination paradox. I survey preliminary the main contributions to the literature related to the paradox. I introduce then a distinction between a monist and a dichotomic analysis of the paradox. With the help of a matrix notation, I also present a dichotomy that leads to distinguish two basically and structurally different notions of surprise, which are respectively based on a conjoint and a disjoint structure. I describe then how Quine's solution and Hall's reduction apply to the version of the paradox corresponding to the conjoint structure. Lastly, I expose a solution to the version of the paradox based on the disjoint structure.

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    Item Type: Other
    Additional Information: published version of preprint 621
    Keywords: surprise exam paradox, vagueness, backward induction, self-reference, paradox
    Subjects: General Issues > Explanation
    Depositing User: Paul Franceschi
    Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 4170

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