ABSTRACT

How can we determine an acceptable level of risk? Should these decisions be made by experts, or by the people they affect? How should safety and security be balanced against other goods, such as liberty?

This is the first collection to examine the philosophical dimensions of these pressing practical problems. Leading scholars exploring the full range of philosophical implications of risk, including:

  • risk and ethics
  • risk and rationality
  • risk and scientific expertise
  • risk and lay knowledge
  • the objectivity of risk assessment
  • risk and the precautionary principle
  • risk and terror.

With contributions from Carl F. Cranor, Sven Ove Hansson, Martin Kusch, Tim Lewens, D.H. Mellor, Adam Morton, Stephen Perry, Martin Peterson, Alan Ryan, Per Sandin, Cass R. Sunstein and Jonathan Wolff; this collection is essential reading, not only for philosophers and researchers in legal, economic and environmental studies, but for those seeking to gain a better understanding of the decisions we must make as concerned citizens.

chapter |20 pages

INTRODUCTION: Risk and philosophy

ByTIM LEWENS

chapter 1|15 pages

RISK AND ETHICS: Three approaches

BySVEN OVE HANSSON

chapter 2|18 pages

TOWARD A NON-CONSEQUENTIALIST APPROACH TO ACCEPTABLE RISKS

ByCARL F. CRANOR

chapter 3|14 pages

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF PREVENTING A FATALITY?

ByJONATHAN WOLFF

chapter 4|16 pages

ON MULTI-ATTRIBUTE RISK ANALYSIS

ByMARTIN PETERSON

chapter 5|15 pages

GREAT EXPECTATIONS

ByADAM MORTON

chapter 7|18 pages

ACTING UNDER RISK

ByD.H. MELLOR

chapter 9|15 pages

MORAL HEURISTICS AND RISK

ByCASS R. SUNSTEIN

chapter 10|19 pages

RISK AND TERRORISM

ByALAN RYAN

chapter 11|21 pages

RISK, HARM, INTERESTS, AND RIGHTS

BySTEPHEN PERRY