The Dennes Room

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Thu Apr 8, 2010
Howison Library, 4:10–6 PM
Philosophy Colloquium
James Dreier (Brown University)
Boundless Good

The Two Envelopes Paradox of decision theory and the Embarrassment of Riches problem each turn on choices involving infinite utility. I explain how these two problems turn out to be the same problem. The least implausible way to resolve the paradoxes entails that there is an upper bound on how good things can be.