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A Dichotomic Analysis of the Surprise Examination Paradox

Franceschi, Paul (2002) A Dichotomic Analysis of the Surprise Examination Paradox. [Preprint]

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      Abstract

      This paper presents a dichotomic analysis of the surprise examination paradox. In section 1, I analyse the surprise notion in detail. I introduce then in section 2, the distinction between a monist and dichotomic analysis of the paradox. I also present there a dichotomy leading to distinguish two basically and structurally different versions of the paradox, respectively based on a conjoint and a disjoint definition of the surprise. In section 3, I describe the solution to SEP corresponding to the conjoint definition. Lastly, I expose in section 4, the solution to SEP based on the disjoint definition.


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      Item Type: Preprint
      Keywords: surprise exam paradox, surprise examination paradox, backward induction
      Subjects: General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
      Depositing User: Paul Franceschi
      Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2002
      Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:10
      Item ID: 621
      URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/621

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