Originless Sin: Rational Dilemmas for Satisficers

Philosophical Quarterly 56 (223):213 - 223 (2006)
Suppose you have an infinite past. If you had banked the spare dollar you have always had, then the interest would have made you rich by now. Your procrastination is inexcusable. But what should you have done? At any time at which you invest the dollar you would regret not investing it earlier. Satisficers can solve prospective puzzles involving infinite choice but cannot solve this retrospective puzzle about regret. A moral version of the puzzle suggests that there can be inevitable moral failure. It does so without appeal to moral luck, moral dilemmas or original sin
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9213.2006.00438.x
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