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Don’t Look Now

Abstract:
Good’s theorem is the apparent platitude that it is always rational to ‘look before you leap’: to gather (reliable) information before making a decision when doing so is free. We argue that Good’s theorem is not platitudinous and may be false. And we argue that the correct advice is rather to ‘make your act depend on the answer to a question’. Looking before you leap is rational when, but only when, it is a way to do this.
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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/bjps/axx047

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science More from this journal
Volume:
70
Issue:
2
Pages:
327–350
Publication date:
2017-08-30
Acceptance date:
2017-03-08
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EISSN:
1464-3537
ISSN:
0007-0882
Language:
English
Pubs id:
pubs:1036422
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uuid:2196f7db-1d80-4d70-95bc-065cd808739c
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pubs:1036422
Source identifiers:
1036422
Deposit date:
2019-07-31

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