ArgLab Research Colloquium

December 11, 2012

Soft Moral Choice

Erich Rast, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
5 December 2012, 11:30

Av. de Berna 26, Edifício ID, sala 1.05

In this talk, I address the question how a decision maker's choices may be considered moral without presuming that morally relevant attributes of alternative courses of action always dominate other attributes. Instead of relaxing moral rules or laws themselves, I propose to introduce thresholds for values (in the sense of valuations) and stakes to distinguish moral action-guiding 'decision matrices' from immoral ones. Multi-criteria decision theory and its underlying preference models are taken as a means to determine and prescribe rational choices; with that respect the talk concerns practical reasoning. I also briefly discuss the value taxonomies of von Wright (1963) and Jackendoff (2006, 2007).

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