[SydPhil] Notification: Edward Elliot (Leeds) @ Wed 1 Aug 2018 13:00 - 14:30 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Edward Elliot (Leeds)
Don't Stop Believing: On the Rationality of Inquiry into Moral Nihilism

It's natural to think that there's value to improving the accuracy of our  
beliefs. If beliefs are a map by which we steer our efforts to bring the  
world in line with our preferences, then, ceteris paribus, we should want a  
more accurate map. However, the world could be structured so as to punish  
learning with respect to certain topics; i.e., by coming into possession of  
new information, an agent's situation could be made worse than it otherwise  
would have been. In this paper, we investigate whether the world is  
structured so as to punish learning with respect to moral nihilism. We ask:  
If an ordinary human agent had the option to learn whether or not moral  
nihilism is true, then ought she to take it? We argue that, given  
intuitively plausible and empirically grounded assumptions about ordinary  
human preferences, she (probably) should not.
When: Wed 1 Aug 2018 13:00 – 14:30 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Sydney Uni, Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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