[SydPhil] Notification: Brian Hedden (USyd) @ Wed 4 Sep 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Brian Hedden (USyd)
Title: Consequentialism and Collective Action

Abstract: Consequentialists have a standard response collective action  
problems like climate change mitigation and voting. You ought to do your  
part, they say, because (i) all such problems are triggering cases, in  
which there is a threshold number of people such that the outcome would be  
worse if at least that many people acted in a given way than if fewer did,  
and (ii) doing your part in a triggering case maximizes expected value. I  
show that both claims are false, for reasons previously unnoticed: Some  
triggering cases cannot be solved by appeal to expected value, since they  
involve infinities, and some collective action problems are not triggering  
cases, since they involve parity. I then show that consequentialists can  
give principled responses to both problems, first by moderating their  
ambitions and aiming to solve only realistic collective action problems,  
and second by adopting Prospectism as a theory of decision-making under  
When: Wed 4 Sep 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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