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INTRODUCTION: THE NOTION OF A TEMPORAL BIAS

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0015
 							INTRODUCTION: THE NOTION OF A TEMPORAL BIAS

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This chapter introduces two temporal biases which will be discussed in part III of the book: the bias towards the near (future) and the bias towards the future. It also analyses the irrationality of Derek Parfit’s Future-Tuesday-Indifference. It ends by arguing that we have an experience of time as having a direction from the past to the future which makes tensed beliefs indispensable.

Keywords: bias; future; near; experience; time; Future-Tuesday-Indifference; Derek Parfit; tensed beliefs

Chapter.  6050 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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