Theory and Decision

, Volume 52, Issue 2, pp 139–147

Why the Infinite Decision Puzzle is Puzzling

  • Jeffrey A. Barrett
  • Frank Arntzenius

DOI: 10.1023/A:1015564123344

Cite this article as:
Barrett, J.A. & Arntzenius, F. Theory and Decision (2002) 52: 139. doi:10.1023/A:1015564123344


Pulier (2000, Theory and Decision 49: 291) and Machina (2000, Theory and Decision 49: 293) seek to dissolve the Barrett–Arntzenius infinite decision puzzle (1999, Theory and Decision 46: 101). The proposed dissolutions, however, are based on misunderstandings concerning how the puzzle works and the nature of supertasks more generally. We will describe the puzzle in a simplified form, address the recent misunderstandings, and describe possible morals for decision theory.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey A. Barrett
    • 1
  • Frank Arntzenius
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Logic and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of California-IrvineIrvineUSA