28th February 2018 – Richard Pettigrew: Choosing for Changing Selves

What you value and how much you value it changes during your life. I might currently greatly value pursuing philosophy, and value spending time in nature much less; but, watching my parents as they grow older, and noting that I am very much like them, I might have good reason to think that I will value the pursuit of philosophy much less when I am seventy, and value spending time in nature much more. Given that we make our decisions on the basis of what we believe and what we value, the fact that the latter may change poses a problem for decision making. To which values should I appeal when I make a decision? My present values? Past? Future? Some weighted combination of them? The orthodox theory of rational decision making, as used by economists, philosophers, and psychologists, offers no answer. In this talk, I’ll try to go some way towards making good the lack.
DOORS: 19:00
START: 19:30
Admission is FREE and there will be a collection during the interval (suggested donation £3-5).
Venue: Smoke and Mirrors


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