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Tenenbaum and Raffaman on vague projects, the Self-Torturer, and the sorites

Elson, L. (2016) Tenenbaum and Raffaman on vague projects, the Self-Torturer, and the sorites. Ethics, 126 (2). pp. 474-488. ISSN 1539-297X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1086/683533

Abstract/Summary

Sergio Tenenbaum and Diana Raffman contend that ‘vague projects’ motivate radical revisions to orthodox, utility-maximising rational choice theory. Their argument cannot succeed if such projects merely ground instances of the paradox of the sorites, or heap. Tenenbaum and Raffman are not blind to this, and argue that Warren Quinn’s Puzzle of the Self-Torturer does not rest on the sorites. I argue that their argument both fails to generalise to most vague projects, and is ineffective in the case of the Self-Torturer itself.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:39849
Publisher:University of Chicago Press

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