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The good news about killing people

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Modern economics has designed a body of theory for how to make decisions involving irreversible outcomes. Motivated by this theory, we propose a ‘Good News Principle’ for the decision to kill one’s self or others, which states that such a decision depends on the quantity and probability of future good news (supporting not killing), but not of future bad news (supporting killing). We then derive this principle as a theorem of a simple consequentialist model for irreversible acts.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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