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Philosophical Studies

, Volume 176, Issue 5, pp 1247–1261 | Cite as

Beauty, odds, and credence

  • Masahiro YamadaEmail author
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Abstract

This paper considers fair betting odds for certain bets that might be placed in the situation discussed in the so-called Sleeping Beauty Problem. This paper examines what Thirders, Halfers, and Double Halfers must say about the odds as determined by various decision theoretic approaches and argues that Thirders and Halfers have difficulties formulating plausible and coherent positions concerning the relevant betting odds. Double Halfers do not face this problem and that is an important consideration in favor of Double Halfers.

Keywords

Sleeping Beauty problem Double Halfer Decision theory Betting odds 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Many thanks to the anonymous reviewer for insightful comments and suggestions which have made this a much better paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentClaremont Graduate UniversityClaremontUSA

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