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Links 1 through 10 of 26 by Richard Chappell tagged PhilosophyEtc+rationality

Here's the writing sample I'm using for my grad school applications. It's a revised version of an earlier draft I once posted....

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A key motivation behind procedural liberalism is that society would descend into anarchy if everyone flouted the law whenever they disagreed with it...

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Should we avoid actions that are *possibly* (but probably not) gravely immoral, "just in case"?

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Christian List gave an interesting talk last week on a problem for group decision-making. It can be illustrated with the following example....

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Exploring the distinction between local vs. global rationality.

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I'm currently working an essay exploring my (perhaps slightly wacky) distinction between the 'local' (atomistic) and 'global' (holistic) levels of rationality...

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Naive moral relativism is the view that 'X is wrong' is true for you iff you disapprove of X (or something along those lines). I don't think very highly of this view, largely because it entails infallibilism...

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We would usually take ourselves to be going wrong if our beliefs conflict with the available evidence. But I think it would be a mistake to conclude from this that evidence has any intrinsic normative...

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One of the most fundamental questions of philosophy -- and perhaps the fundamental question in meta-ethics -- is that of how normativity ("ought"-ness) fits into the natural order...

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Can it be rational to make yourself irrational?

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