The Problem of Ignorance

Ethics 130 (2):211-227 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Holly Smith (2014) contends that subjective deontological theories – those that hold that our moral duties are sensitive to our beliefs about our situation – cannot correctly determine whether one ought to gather more information before acting. Against this contention, I argue that deontological theories can use a decision-theoretic approach to evaluating the moral importance of information. I then argue that this approach compares favourably with an alternative approach proposed by Philip Swenson (2016).

Author's Profile

Chad Lee-Stronach
Northeastern University


Added to PP

505 (#33,725)

6 months
100 (#44,359)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?