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Rationality and Future Discounting

Ahmed, Arif (2018) Rationality and Future Discounting. Topoi.


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The best justification of time-discounting is roughly that it is rational to care less about your more distant future because there is less of you around to have it. I argue that the standard version of this argument, which treats both psychological continuity and psychological connectedness as reasons to care about your future, can only rationalize an irrational—because exploitable—form of future discounting.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Depositing User: Arif Ahmed
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2018 21:53
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2018 21:53
Item ID: 14409
Journal or Publication Title: Topoi
Publisher: Springer
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Subjects: General Issues > Decision Theory
Date: 2018

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