Higher Sem in Practical Philosophy: Henrik Andersson (LU) "A Hard Rejection of Spectrum Arguments"
Henrik Andersson (LU) will give a self-contained talk at the Higher seminar in practical philosophy. Here is his title and abstract:
A Hard Rejection of Spectrum Arguments
Spectrum arguments are purported to show that the betterness relation is not a transitive relation. This is a radical conclusion since much of normative theorizing and everyday reasoning assumes that betterness is transitive. In this paper, I argue that we ought to reject one of the intuitively appealing premises of a paradigmatic spectrum argument as presented by Larry Temkin (2012). The rejection can take the form of a hard or a soft rejection. The hard rejection deviates more from the underlying intuition of the premise than the soft rejection. I will argue that it is, nevertheless, more plausible to opt for a hard rejection. This will be done by showing how appeals to non-conventional value relations, such as parity and incomparability, that are associated with soft rejection, will not provide a satisfying response to the spectrum argument.
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