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    Lisa Hecht (Stockholm): “Permissible Risk-Inclination in Other-regarding Choices”

Lisa Hecht (Stockholm): “Permissible Risk-Inclination in Other-regarding Choices”

24 November 2021|

 
Lisa Hecht (Stockholm): “Permissible Risk-Inclination in Other-regarding Choices”

Faced with two or more options, a decision-maker may choose a riskier option for herself even if this option does not maximize her expected utility. When it comes to other-regarding choices, it is less clear whether a decision-maker may permissibly choose a riskier option that does not maximize the expected […]

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    Dennis Dieks (Utrecht): “Identical quantum particles as distinguishable objects”

Dennis Dieks (Utrecht): “Identical quantum particles as distinguishable objects”

22 November 2021|

 
Dennis Dieks (Utrecht): “Identical quantum particles as distinguishable objects”

Particles in classical physics are individuals that can be distinguished by identifying physical properties. By contrast, in quantum mechanics the “received view” is that particles of the same kind (“identical particles”) cannot be distinguished in this way. This standard view is problematic, though: not only is it at odds […]

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    Wolfgang Schwarz (Edinburgh): “Believing Against the Evidence”

Wolfgang Schwarz (Edinburgh): “Believing Against the Evidence”

10 November 2021|

 
Wolfgang Schwarz (Edinburgh): “Believing Against the Evidence”

I will look at cases in which a proposition is supported by an agent’s evidence at an earlier time but not by their evidence at a later time, even though the agent does not receive any new information that is relevant to the proposition. In such a case, I argue, the […]

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    Giacomo Giannini (LSE): “Relational Troubles: Structuralist Worries for an epistemology of powers-based modality.”

Giacomo Giannini (LSE): “Relational Troubles: Structuralist Worries for an epistemology of powers-based modality.”

9 November 2021|

 

 

Giacomo Giannini (LSE): “Relational Troubles: Structuralist Worries for an epistemology of powers-based modality.”

Dispositionalism is the theory of modality that grounds all modal truths in powers: all metaphysically possible and necessary truths are to be explained by pointing at some actual power, or absence thereof.

One of the most enticing and often cited reasons to endorse dispositionalism is that […]

Susanna Siegel (Harvard): “The phenomenal public”

26 October 2021|

 

 

Susanna Siegel (Harvard): “The phenomenal public”

What modes of mentality can be used to grasp the idea of the ‘body politic’? A standard view is that within a polity, it is not possible to perceive the public – instead one has to imagine it. I argue that this view is wrong in letter but may be correct in […]

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    Heather Browning (LSE): “Assessing Measures of Animal Welfare”

Heather Browning (LSE): “Assessing Measures of Animal Welfare”

20 October 2021|

 

Heather Browning (LSE): “Assessing Measures of Animal Welfare”

There are many decision contexts in which we require accurate information on animal welfare, but many of the methods currently used for estimating welfare are subjective and unreliable. Here, I look at how we might apply principled methods from animal welfare science to arrive at more accurate scores, which will […]

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    Franz Dietrich (CNRS): “Dynamically Rational Judgment Aggregation”

Franz Dietrich (CNRS): “Dynamically Rational Judgment Aggregation”

25 June 2021|

 

 

Franz Dietrich (CNRS): “Dynamically Rational Judgment Aggregation”

A key goal in judgment aggregation theory has always been to make collective judgments rational. So far, rationality has been understood in purely static terms: as coherence of judgments at a given time, where ‘coherence’ could for instance mean consistency, or completeness, or deductive closure, or combinations thereof. By contrast, this […]

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    Franz Dietrich (PSE & CNRS) & Kai Spiekermann (LSE): “Does Deliberation Improve Voting Outcomes”

Franz Dietrich (PSE & CNRS) & Kai Spiekermann (LSE): “Does Deliberation Improve Voting Outcomes”

25 June 2021|

 

 

Franz Dietrich (PSE & CNRS) & Kai Spiekermann (LSE): “Does Deliberation Improve Voting Outcomes”

Does prior deliberation increase the epistemic quality of majority voting? This depends on whether the deliberators have private information to share (they are, in a certain sense, “diverse”) and on how the information is aggregated. Without prior deliberation, voting can display three epistemic failures: […]

The Modern Mind (Forum)

16 June 2021|

The Modern Mind

We trace the development of our modern ideas about the mind, from the highly influential work of Descartes and the impact of Darwinian evolution to more recent accounts of the ‘extended’ mind and the enhancements made possible by new technologies. Why is Descartes so important? What changed with Darwin? And in what ways have technological advances […]

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    Sean A. Valles (Michigan State): “Housing security’s place in a ‘Culture of Health’: Lessons from the pandemic housing crises in the US and England”

Sean A. Valles (Michigan State): “Housing security’s place in a ‘Culture of Health’: Lessons from the pandemic housing crises in the US and England”

8 June 2021|

 
Sean A. Valles (Michigan State): “Housing security’s place in a ‘Culture of Health’: Lessons from the pandemic housing crises in the US and England”

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the US and England, it quickly proved to be particularly deadly for people experiencing homelessness. Soon afterward, the economic impacts of the pandemic began creating new housing security […]