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Transformative experience and the knowledge norms for action: Moss on Paul’s challenge to decision theory

In Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change. New York, NY, USA: (2020)

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  1. Transformative Experiences, Cognitive Modelling and Affective Forecasting.Marvin Mathony & Michael Messerli - forthcoming - Erkenntnis:1-23.
    In the last seven years, philosophers have discussed the topic of transformative experiences. In this paper, we contribute to a crucial issue that is currently under-researched: transformative experiences' influence on cognitive modelling. We argue that cognitive modelling can be operationalized as affective forecasting, and we compare transformative and non-transformative experiences with respect to the ability of affective forecasting. Our finding is that decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling transformative experiences does not systematically differ from decision-makers’ performance in cognitively modelling non-transformative experiences. (...)
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  • A Rational Route to Transformative Decisions.Daniel Villiger - 2021 - Synthese 199 (5-6):14535-14553.
    According to Paul, transformative experiences pose a challenge to decision theory since their value cannot be anticipated. Building on Pettigrew’s Becoming someone new: essays on transformative experience, choice, and change, Oxford University Press, pp 100–121, 2020) redescription, this paper presents a new approach to how and when transformative decisions can nevertheless be made rationally. Thanks to fundamental higher-order facts that apply to any kind of experience, an agent always at least knows the general shape of the utility space. This in (...)
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