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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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INTRODUCTION: THE NOTION OF A TEMPORAL BIAS

INTRODUCTION: THE NOTION OF A TEMPORAL BIAS

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(p.195) 14 INTRODUCTION: THE NOTION OF A TEMPORAL BIAS
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The Retreat of Reason
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DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0015

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

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