Canadian Journal of Philosophy 45 (5-6):562-575 (2015)

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Chrisoula Andreou
University of Utah
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The puzzle of the self-torturer raises intriguing questions concerning rationality, cyclic preferences, and resoluteness. Interestingly, what makes the case puzzling has not been clearly pinpointed. The puzzle, it seems, is that a series of rational choices foreseeably leads the self-torturer to an option that serves his preferences worse than the one with which he started. But this is a very misleading way of casting the puzzle. I pinpoint the real puzzle of the self-torturer and, in the process, reveal a neglected but crucial dimension of instrumental rationality.
Keywords cyclic preferences  instrumental rationality  intransitivity  puzzle of the self-torturer  resoluteness  vagueness  Warren Quinn
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