PURE TIME PREFERENCE
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly © 2011 University of Southern California and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 92, Issue 4, pages 490–508, December 2011
How to Cite
LOWRY, R. and PETERSON, M. (2011), PURE TIME PREFERENCE. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 92: 490–508. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2011.01408.x
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2011
Pure time preference is a preference for something to come at one point in time rather than another merely because of when it occurs in time. In opposition to Sidgwick, Ramsey, Rawls, and Parfit we argue that it is not always irrational to be guided by pure time preferences. We argue that even if the mere difference of location in time is not a rational ground for a preference, time may nevertheless be a normatively neutral ground for a preference, and this makes it plausible to claim that the preference is rationally permitted.