Pure Time Preference: Reply to Johansson and Rosenqvist Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 The Authors. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2015 University of Southern California and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Johansson and Rosenqvist reject our argument for the rational permissibility of pure time preferences (PTP). Johansson and Rosenqvist's main objection is that where two options, X and Y, have equal intrinsic value, there will be a reason to be indifferent between X and Y, and therefore a reason to not hold a PTP for X or Y. In this reply, we argue that if two options have equal intrinsic value, it does not follow that you have a reason to be indifferent. Rather, the two equally large intrinsic values cancel each other out, like two equal weights on kitchen scales.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lowry, R., & Peterson, M.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • September 2016