Thursday, May 31, 2012

3 options

You know that you have three options, but you don't know what to do. You know so little about them, so God decides to come along to offer some help. God tells you that it would be right (=permissible) for you to choose a and wrong (=impermissible) for you to choose c. She tells you that she won't tell you anything about b. An angel that is very, very reliable but not infallible comes along and tells you that it would be right (=permissible) for you to choose b. She won't tell you about a or c. What should you do? What shouldn't you do? I'm curious to know whether it follows from the story I've told that you _shouldn't_ choose b. Or, might we say that the angel speaks the truth and that it's acceptable for you to choose b. I ask because the following seems intuitive to me: no conscientious person would choose b over a. What I don't know is whether _that_ tells us anything about b. I can imagine someone running the following argument: No conscientious agent could choose b over a in the circumstances described. So, it could not be right (=permissible) to choose b over a. So, any agent offered these choices shouldn't choose b. [Fwiw, I'm quite sceptical of this line of argument, but there's an intuition here that's interesting]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Why study philosophy?

One reason would be because you want to be in demand on the job market. Why study philosophy?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Pride Pride

But you don’t change your position to try to win states or certain subgroups of Americans. You have the positions you have, and you know, for a long time, I think since the beginning of my career, I have made it very clear that I thought that marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman. So said Mittens Romney.