Animal interrupted, or why accepting Pascal's Wager might be the last thing you ever do

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Baron, Sam and Van Dyke, Christina. (2014) Animal interrupted, or why accepting Pascal's Wager might be the last thing you ever do. The Southern Journal of Philosophy. 52(S1), pp. 109 - 133. https://doi.org/10.1111/sjp.12069
AuthorsBaron, Sam and Van Dyke, Christina
Abstract

According to conventionalist accounts of personal identity, persons are constituted in part by practices and attitudes of certain sorts of care. In this paper, we concentrate on the most well‐developed and defended version of conventionalism currently on offer (namely, that proposed by David Braddon‐Mitchell, Caroline West, and Kristie Miller) and discuss how the conventionalist appears forced either (1) to accept arbitrariness concerning from which perspective to judge one's survival or (2) to maintain egalitarianism at the cost of making “transfiguring” decisions such as Pascal's Wager rationally intractable. We consider three ways the egalitarian conventionalist could make these choices tractable and show that each one comes at significant cost to the view. We end the paper by considering whether accepting arbitrariness would be a better move for the conventionalist and conclude that, even here, she runs the risk of transfiguring choices being rationally intractable.

Year2014
JournalThe Southern Journal of Philosophy
Journal citation52 (S1), pp. 109 - 133
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISSN0038-4283
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/sjp.12069
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84905496501
Page range109 - 133
Research GroupDianoia Institute of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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