Death Speaks

Because of Andy’s examples a lot of people have been thinking again about the Death in Damascus case in Gibbard and Harper’s causal decision theory paper. The story is famously an old story, but there has been some uncertainty about how old. Now Jordan Howard Sobel has written up notes on its origin. (Warning – …

What is Stakes-Sensitive?

There was a fair bit of back and forth in the previous thread on just what us stakes-sensitive folks were claiming to be stakes-sensitive. So I thought I’d list what I thought was stakes-sensitive, and perhaps others who thought there is stakes-sensitivity somewhere can chime in either in comments or on their blogs/sites.

Against Ratificationism

In The Logic of Decision, second edition, Richard Jeffrey endorsed a version of evidential decision theory supplemented with a principle of ratification. A decision is ratifiable iff, conditional on making that decision, the expected utility of carrying out the decision is at least as high as than the expected utility of doing something else. In …

FEW 2007

Fourth Annual Formal Epistemology Workshops, FEW 2007 We are in the process of organizing the fourth annual formal epistemology workshop. The purpose of these workshops will be to bring together individuals, both faculty and graduate students, using mathematical methods in epistemology in small focused meetings. Topics treated will include but are not limited to: Ampliative …

Big Ideas

The other night at dinner, Tim Schroeder asked me what exciting new philosophical ideas I’d heard recently. This was at the end of a long (and really very good) dinner with a few glasses of wine, so naturally I couldn’t think of anything. But it seems we should be able to answer a question like …

Events

In lieu of my actually having something to say, here are a few announcements about things happening hereabouts. If you’re not interested in philosophical and/or musical events around Boston and Providence, skip over this post.