Event Detail

Thu Nov 7, 2013
Howison Library, 4–6 PM
Philosophy Colloquium
L.A. Paul (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Transformative Experience

I will discuss a problem for subjectively rational decision-making in cases where the experience is dramatically new (epistemically transformative) as well as life-changing (personally transformative). The problem arises because, as it turns out, there are real-life versions of Frank Jackson’s black and white Mary cases. I’ll start by outlining the structure of the problem and showing why it creates trouble, and then I’ll argue that the problem arises for important life decisions such as choosing to have a child, choosing to get (or to avoid) a cochlear implant, and choosing one’s career.