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PHIL Speakers Program: Aadil Kurji (Bristol)

Date & Time:
September 20, 2013 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Philosophy Speakers Program presents

AADIL KURJI on "The Miner's Paradox: A Formal Cautionary Tale"

Location: Social Sciences Building, Room 1253

About the Talk:

Formal methods are being applied to a wider range of philosophical questions.  I am interested in the border between logical and formal, and the growing field of mathematical philosophy. The Miner's paradox is one of ethical deliberation under epistemic uncertainty. Kolodny and MacFarlane invoke it, in Ifs and Oughts (2010), in order to showcase a problem with the standard approach to deontic reasoning. They reach an extreme conclusion of how to model deontic reasoning and avoid the problems presented. The talk will be in two parts: firstly it will cover the paradox and the author's discussion of the various potential solutions and their respective 'pitfalls'; secondly we will loop back and point out the problems masked by the different uses and layers of formality, pointing out where the arguments fall short of rejecting the plausible alternatives. 

About the Speaker:

Aadil Kurji is pursuing his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He holds an MSc in Logic from the University of Amsterdam and completed his BA Honours Philosophy degree at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Nicole Wyatt.  His primary research areas are in logic and the foundations of mathematics.

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