- This paper offers two new arguments for a version of Reflection, the principle that says, roughly, that if one knew now what one would believe in the future, one ought to believe it now.
- The most prominent existing argument for the principle is the coherence-based Dutch Strategy argument advanced by Bas Van Fraassen (and others). My two arguments are quite different.
- The first is a truth based argument. On the basis of two substantive premises, that people's beliefs generally get better over time and that being a person requires having knowledge of this fact, it concludes that it is rational to treat your future selves as experts.
- The second argument is a transcendental one. Being a person requires being able to engage in plans and projects. But these cannot be meaningfully undertaken unless one has Reflection-like expectations about one's future beliefs. Hence, satisfaction of Reflection is necessary for being a person.
- Together, the arguments show that satisfaction of Reflection is both rational and necessary for persons.
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