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Safeguards of a Disunified Mind

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Editor's note: The question and answer session has been removed from this podcast.

Speaker(s): Professor Wlodek Rabinowicz

Recorded on 20 May 2014 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

Pragmatic arguments for rationality constraints on a decision maker’s beliefs or preferences show that disobeying such constraints makes one vulnerable to exploitation. Wlodek Rabinowicz will suggest that the proposed exploitation set-ups share a common feature: roughly, a constraint violator can be exploited only if she decides on various issues separately rather than in a unified manner. Some measure of disunification is a part of the human condition. Pragmatic arguments identify safeguards of a disunified mind.

Wlodek Rabinowicz is a professor of practical philosophy at Lund University and LSE Centennial Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method.

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