, Volume 182, Issue 3, pp 393–411

Self-location is no problem for conditionalization


DOI: 10.1007/s11229-010-9748-9

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Bradley, D.J. Synthese (2011) 182: 393. doi:10.1007/s11229-010-9748-9


How do temporal and eternal beliefs interact? I argue that acquiring a temporal belief should have no effect on eternal beliefs for an important range of cases. Thus, I oppose the popular view that new norms of belief change must be introduced for cases where the only change is the passing of time. I defend this position from the purported counter-examples of the Prisoner and Sleeping Beauty. I distinguish two importantly different ways in which temporal beliefs can be acquired and draw some general conclusions about their impact on eternal beliefs.


Sleeping BeautySelf-locationConditionalizationThe Prisoner

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The City College of New YorkNew YorkUSA