[SydPhil] Notification: Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund) @ Wed 6 Nov 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEDT) (Seminars)

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Title: Wlodek Rabinowicz (Lund)
Can Parfit′s Appeal to Incommensurabilities in Value Block the Continuum  
Argument for the Repugnant Conclusion?

Abstract: Blocking the Continuum Argument for the Repugnant Conclusion by  
an appeal to incommensurabilities in value, as has been suggested by Parfit  
(2016), is an attractive option. But the relevant incommensurabilities  
(‘imprecise equalities′ in Parfit′s terminology) need to be very  
thoroughgoing to obtain this result: they need to be ‘persistent′ in the  
sense to be explained. While such persistency is highly atypical and might  
well seem to be problematic, I suggest how it can be accounted for if  
incommensurability is interpreted on the lines of the fitting-attitudes  
analysis of value relations. On this account, two items are incommensurable  
iff it is permissible to have divergent preferential attitudes towards  
them; for example, if it is permissible to prefer one to the other but also  
permissible to have the opposite preferece. It is easy to provide a  
modelling of this kind for persistent incommensurability. However, even if  
Parfit’s main suggestion can thus be defended, one of his substantive value  
assumptions – the Simple View regarding the marginal value of added lives –  
should be given up to avoid implausible implications.

NB: Tea starts at 15:15...there will be tim tams....
When: Wed 6 Nov 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room
Calendar: Seminars
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