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Don't Look Now

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Authors

Salow, B 

Abstract

Good’s Theorem is the apparent platitude that it is always rational to ‘look before you leap’: to gather (reliable) information before making a decision when doing so is free. We argue that Good’s Theorem is not platitudinous and may be false. And we argue that the correct advice is rather to ‘make your act depend on the answer to a question’. Looking before you leap is rational when, but only when, it is a way to do this.

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Keywords

5003 Philosophy, 50 Philosophy and Religious Studies, 5002 History and Philosophy Of Specific Fields

Journal Title

British Journal for the Philosophy of Science

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Journal ISSN

0007-0882
1464-3537

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Publisher

University of Chicago Press