WEH/Ethox Seminar: Interpersonal Comparisons of Well-Being
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Status: This talk has been cancelled
On most ethical theories, interpersonal comparisons of well-being matter for some decisions, and on some ethical theories, interpersonal comparisons matter for all decisions. But there are very challenging questions about how we can compare the well-being of different individuals. In this presentation, I review how new developments in brain imaging might impact our ability to compare positive and negative experiences across individuals. I argue that brain imaging technology is likely to be able to solve some challenges related to interpersonal comparisons, though not the most challenging philosophical objections. And, even putting aside these objections, I suggest there are particular challenges with comparing positive and negative experiences.
Date: 18 December 2019, 11:00 (Wednesday, 10th week, Michaelmas 2019)
Venue: Big Data Institute (NDM), Old Road Campus OX3 7LF
Venue Details: Seminar Room 0
Speaker: Dr Adam Shriver (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)
Organising department: Ethox Centre
Part of: Ethox Centre and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editor: Hannah Freeman