[SydPhil] MQ Philosophy Seminar on Tuesday the 30th of May: Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh/MQ)

Adam Hochman adam.hochman at mq.edu.au
Thu May 25 09:56:00 AEST 2017


Duncan Pritchard (Edinburgh/MQ)

Date: Tuesday, 30th of May
Time: 13:00 - 14:30
Venue: W6A 708, Macquarie University
All welcome

Please note that the seminar will run to 2:30pm this week

Abstract: It is argued that the standard theoretical account of risk in the contemporary literature, which is cast along probabilistic lines, is flawed, in that it is unable to account for a particular kind of risk. In its place a modal account of risk is offered. Four applications of the modal account of risk are then explored. First, to epistemology, via the defence of an anti-risk condition on knowledge in place of the normal anti-luck condition. Second, to legal theory, where it is shown that this account of risk can cast light on the debate regarding the extent to which a criminal justice system can countenance the possibility of wrongful convictions, and can also (relatedly) cast light on the notion of legal evidence. Third, to the notion of aesthetic risk, and how more generally we can better account for how risk seems to add value to certain activities by appealing to the modal account of luck. Finally, fourth, some tentative remarks are offered on how the modal account of risk might be relevant to the good life of human flourishing.

Contact: Adam Hochman (adam.hochman at mq.edu.au<mailto:adam.hochman at mq.edu.au>) or Mike Olson (michael.olson at mq.edu.au<mailto:michael.olson at mq.edu.au>)

A google calendar with details of other events in this series is available for viewing and subscription by following this link: goo.gl/3Iu7hk<https://goo.gl/3Iu7hk>

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