New course launched: Ethics: Actual Value and Expected Value & Rationality, by Ryan Doody

November 1, 2017

If you're instrumentally rational, you should take the best means to your ends. But what should you do when you don't know which means is best? If you're moral, you should do what is morally best. But what should you do when you don't know what morality requires of you? This course will explore some possible answers to these questions. The first part of the course will introduce the tools of bayesian decision theory, examine its foundations, and discuss some puzzles. The second part of the course will evaluate the prospects of applying these tools to ethics. What should we do when we are unsure about the consequences of our decisions? What should we do when we are uncertain about which moral theory is correct? Is expected moral value always well-defined?             http://shnaton.huji.ac.il/index.php/NewSyl/15854/2/2018/                                                                                   

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