Incommensurability is the impossibility to determine how two options relate to each other in terms of conventional comparative relations. This book features new research on incommensurability from philosophers who have shaped the field into what it is today, including John Broome, Ruth Chang and Wlodek Rabinowicz.

The book covers four aspects relating to incommensurability. In the first part, the contributors synthesize research on the competing views of how to best explain incommensurability. Part II illustrates how incommensurability can help us deal with seemingly insurmountable problems in ethical theory and population ethics. The contributors address the Repugnant Conclusion, the Mere Addition Paradox and so-called Spectrum Arguments. The chapters in Part III outline and summarize problems caused by incommensurability for decision theory. Finally, Part IV tackles topics related to risk, uncertainty and incommensurability.

Value Incommensurability: Ethics, Risk, and Decision-Making will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working in ethical theory, decision theory, action theory, and philosophy of economics.

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ByHenrik Andersson, Anders Herlitz
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part Part I|57 pages

Accounts of Incommensurability

chapter 1|21 pages

Incommensurateness Is Vagueness

ByJohn Broome
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chapter 2|21 pages

Are Hard Cases Vague Cases?

ByRuth Chang
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chapter 3|13 pages

Parity Without Imprecise Equality

ByChrisoula Andreou
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part Part II|55 pages

Incommensurability and Ethical Theory

chapter 4|22 pages

On “Incommensurability,” “Discontinuity,” and the Repugnant Conclusion

“Imprecise Equality” or Vagueness?
ByMozaffar Qizilbash
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chapter 5|17 pages

Spectrum Arguments, Indeterminacy, and Value Superiority

ByHenrik Andersson
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chapter 6|14 pages

Incommensurability and Vagueness in Population Axiology

ByGustaf Arrhenius
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part Part III|58 pages

Incommensurability and Decision Theory

chapter 7|19 pages

Nondeterminacy and Reasonable Choice

ByAnders Herlitz
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chapter 8|19 pages

Cross-Categorical Value Comparisons

ByKrister Bykvist
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chapter 9|18 pages

What Does Incommensurability Tell Us About Agency? 1

ByLuke Elson
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part Part IV|68 pages

Incommensurability, Risk, and Uncertainty

chapter 10|30 pages

Incommensurability Meets Risk

ByWlodek Rabinowicz
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chapter 11|16 pages

Incommensurability That Can(not) Be Ignored

ByKatie Steele
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chapter 12|20 pages

Hard Choices Made Harder

ByRyan Doody
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