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Time Biases: A Theory of Rational Planning and Personal Persistence

Meghan Sullivan


You are time-biased if you have systematic preferences about when events happen. There are different varieties of time bias. Near-biased agents discount events as they are scheduled further in the future. Future-biased agents discount events because they have already occurred. This book argues that it is irrational to be time-biased. In the process it develops the theory of temporal neutrality for rational planning. The first part (Chapters 1–4) describes two arguments against near bias: one based on well-being and one based on arbitrariness. It also develops a theory of egoistic concern. The ... More

Keywords: time bias, temporal neutrality, personal identity, reflection principles, prudential rationality, preferences, meaning, hedonism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812845
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812845.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meghan Sullivan, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame