Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2008)

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Chrisoula Andreou
University of Utah
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Sometimes a series of choices do not serve one's concerns well even though each choice in the series seems perfectly well suited to serving one's concerns. In such cases, one has a dynamic choice problem. Otherwise put, one has a problem related to the fact that one's choices are spread out over time. This survey reviews some of the challenging choice situations and problematic preference structures that can prompt dynamic choice problems. It also reviews some proposed solutions, and explains how some familiar but potentially puzzling phenomena — including, for example, self-destructive addictive behavior and dangerous environmental destruction — have been illuminated by dynamic choice theory.
Keywords Choice over time  Dynamic choice  Diachronic rationality  Discounting  Incommensurable alternatives  Intransitive preferences  Money pump argument  Plans and resoluteness  Puzzle of the self-torturer  Toxin puzzle
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