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Gerard Rothfus (UNC Chapel Hill): ‘Dignity and Uncertainty’

22 March, 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Abstract: The application of deontological moral principles in contexts of factual uncertainty has received increased attention within moral philosophy in recent years. While consequentialist reasoning is thought to be easily extendable to such contexts via standard decision theory, there is less consensus regarding how deontologists should approach moral deliberation when potentially relevant empirical facts are unknown. This talk surveys some of the extent models of deontological decision-making under uncertainty and then ventures a novel one that attempts to integrate Bayesian decision-making procedures with a broadly Kantian notion of respect for personal dignity.

Gerard Rothfus is a teaching assistant professor in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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22 March
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
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Online via Zoom