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A Defense of Transitivity

Abstract This thesis seeks to defend transitivity as a rational constraint on preferences against two putative counterexamples to transitivity. This thesis is divided into three sections. In the first section, I consider two famous and popular arguments in defense of transitivity and argue they are insufficient to adequately defend transitivity. I then outline a desiderata for successful arguments in defense of transitivity and identify some basic assumptions I will be making throughout the thesis. In section two, I consider the first putative counterexample to transitivity: Quinn’s Puzzle of the Self-Torturer. I offer two plausible interpretations of Quinn’s puzzle and argue that both fail. One because it does not genuinely induce intransitive pref... (more)
Created Date 2015
Contributor Calloway, Carson (Author) / Armendt, Brad (Advisor) / Portmore, Douglas (Committee member) / Pinillos, Nestor (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Philosophy / Decision Theory / Intransitive / Preferences / Rational Choice / Transitivity
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 70 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Philosophy 2015
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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