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Belief, credence, and norms
There are currently two robust traditions in philosophy dealing with doxastic attitudes: the tradition that is concerned primarily with all-or-nothing belief, and the tradition that is concernedExpand
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Risk and Rationality
Introduction 1. InstInstrumental Rationality and Expected Utility Theory 2. Risk-Weighted Expected Utility 3. Representation 4. Redescription 5. Consistency 6. Diachronic Choice 7. Bookmaking andExpand
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Taking Risks behind the Veil of Ignorance*
A natural view in distributive ethics is that everyone’s interests matter, but the interests of the relatively worse off matter more than the interests of the relatively better off. I provide a newExpand
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Rational Faith and Justified Belief
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Why continuing uncertainties are no reason to postpone challenge trials for coronavirus vaccines
To counter the pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), some have proposed accelerating SARS-CoV-2 vaccine development through controlled human infection (orExpand
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Why high-risk, non-expected-utility-maximising gambles can be rational and beneficial: the case of HIV cure studies
  • Lara Buchak
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 30 June 2016
Some early phase clinical studies of candidate HIV cure and remission interventions appear to have adverse medical risk–benefit ratios for participants. Why, then, do people participate? And is itExpand
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Can it be Rational to have Faith
My concern in this paper is the relationship between faith and rationality. I seek to develop a unified account of statements of faith concerning mundane matters and those concerning religious faith.Expand
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Oyun: A New, Free Program for Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma Tournaments in the Classroom
We present Oyun (oy-oon, http://charlespence.net/oyun), a program that makes it simple for students to deploy iterated prisoner's dilemma strategies in both traditional, Axelrod-type tournaments, and “evolutionary” tournaments. Expand
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Free Acts and Chance: Why the Rollback Argument Fails
The ‘rollback argument,’ pioneered by Peter van Inwagen, purports to show that indeterminism in any form is incompatible with free will. The argument has two major premises: the first claims thatExpand
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You are a shipowner. One day you are standing on the dock by your vessel, admiring the raging sea, when you notice that a small craft carrying nine people has capsized. Your ship can carry them allExpand
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