Senior Seminar: Values and Defeaters
- Elizabeth Anderson, Value in Ethics and Economics
- Fred D'Agostino, Incommensurability and
(currently out of print, but used copies are available --
right now, AbeBooks seems less expensive than Amazon;
supposed to be back in print end of Sept., in time for our class)
- Adam Morton, Disasters and Dilemmas (out of
print, but there are usually used copies available online)
Additional readings will be made available through the
Marriott Library reserve desk.
(See Marriott's Course Reserve How to Guide
for an intro to using the library
For best results with JSTOR, either click on a JSTOR
link while you're on-campus
or click through to the journal from
the Marriott catalog, log in, and search JSTOR for the item.
- Aug. 22: Introduction: Values, Bounded
Optional prereading: Lenman,"Consequentialism
and Cluelessness," Philosophy and Public
Affairs 29(4), Fall 2000: 342-370. (JSTOR can be accessed on-campus, or
by logging onto a library proxy server.) See also
XKCD's Map of Optimal
- Aug. 29: Getting to Know Bounded Rationality.
Herbert Simon, "A Behavioral Model of Rational Choice"
(ch. 14 in his Models of Man); Gerd Gigerenzer, "Can
Ignorance Beat the Stock Market?" (ch. 3 in his Simple
Heuristics That Make Us Smart); Jonathan Bendor et al.,
"A Behavioral Model of Turnout," American Political
Science Review 97(2), May 2003: 261-280.
Optional reading: John Conlisk, "Why Bounded Rationality?"
Journal of Economic Literature 34 (June 1996): 669-700;
Cliff Landesman, "When to Terminate a Charitable Trust?"
Analysis 55(1), Jan 1995: 12-13.