PWNP - Ryan Doody (Brown University)

DICE EX MACHINA
Date
Nov 7, 2022, 5:30 pm7:00 pm
Location
301 Wooten Hall

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Ryan Doody (Brown University) presents:
“DICE EX MACHINA”

Abstract:
A familiar way of deciding between indifferent options is to use a randomizing device (like the toss of a coin, or the roll of a die) to aid in the selection. The central aim of this paper is to demonstrate that such behavior is actually deeply puzzling. I argue that tossing a coin is in tension with a number of frameworks for rational choice. I then develop a solution to the puzzle, which posits that tossing a coin allows us to express our indifference between the options, and that we sometimes have good reasons—reasons regarding self- and other- understanding—to want to express such things.

PWNP
Monday, November 7
5:30-7:00 pm
Wooten 301