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Future bias in action: does the past matter more when you can affect it?

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Philosophers have long noted, and empirical psychology has lately confirmed, that most people are “biased toward the future”: we prefer to have positive experiences in the future, and negative experiences in the past. At least two explanations have been offered for this bias: (1) belief in temporal passage (or related theses in temporal metaphysics) and (2) the practical irrelevance of the past resulting from our inability to influence past events. We set out to test the latter explanation. I...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s11229-020-02791-0

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0000-0002-5092-8419
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Springer Nature Publisher's website
Journal:
Synthese Journal website
Publication date:
2020-07-22
Acceptance date:
2020-07-10
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EISSN:
1573-0964
ISSN:
0039-7857
Pubs id:
1120759
Local pid:
pubs:1120759

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