Condorcet's Paradox and the Transitivity of Betterness
Daniel Muñoz (Monash University)

September 4, 2020, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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Monash University


Abstract:  Why are we inclined to think that ‘better than’ is transitive? Larry Temkin’s answer is that we are drawn to the Internal Aspects View, which says that betterness depends on a comparison of context-independent values. Drawing on insights from social choice theory, I show that this view yields a distinctive and underappreciated kind of intransitivity if values can have multiple dimensions aggregated by a non-additive method, such as majority rule.

Bio: Daniel Muñoz is a Lecturer at Monash University, where he teaches ethics and PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics). He received his PhD from MIT in 2019 and has published in a wide range of areas in philosophy: epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and especially normative ethics. These days he is working on a book called What We Owe to Ourselves that tries to derive a view of supererogation (or "good deeds beyond the call of duty") from the idea that we owe the same basic respect to ourselves that we owe to anybody else.

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