Most of the time, sometimes when it matters a very great deal, we’re not sure what we should do. This fact raises a number of interesting philosophical questions
Linda Radzik considers the bystander who sees or hears something that might, or might not, be worrying – how do you find a balance between protecting others and minding your own business? Constantine Sandis and Nassim N Taleb argue for a rule which ought to govern action in uncertainty: do not expose others to a harm the near equivalent of which you are not exposing yourself to. Andrew Sepielli focuses on uncertainty in moral matters and wonders if meta-rules are much help. Jonathan Dancy and Daniel Muñoz take a close look at Parfit’s account of how we can get things wrong. Rupert Read asks, what should we do about climate change when we’re unsure about the consequences of our actions? And Sabine Roeser considers the role of emotion in public debates involving risky choices.
How should we think about action in an uncertain world? Read on for more than a start on an answer.