Is Normative Uncertainty Irrelevant if Your Descriptive Uncertainty Depends on It?

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 103 (4):874-899 (2021)
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Abstract

According to ‘Excluders’, descriptive uncertainty – but not normative uncertainty – matters to what we ought to do. Recently, several authors have argued that those wishing to treat normative uncertainty differently from descriptive uncertainty face a dependence problem because one's descriptive uncertainty can depend on one's normative uncertainty. The aim of this paper is to determine whether the phenomenon of dependence poses a decisive problem for Excluders. I argue that existing arguments fail to show this, and that, while stronger ones can be found, Excluders can escape them.

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Pamela Robinson
University of British Columbia, Okanagan

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