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What Experiments Can and Cannot Do for Political Philosophy (Departmental Seminar)

Joining the Seminar face-to-face:
Limited seats for face-to-face seminar. Registrations will be handled on a first come, first served basis.
Register by 12 October 2023: https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=13674410

Joining the Seminar online:
No registration is required.
Link: https://cuhk.zoom.us/j/99953946035
Meeting ID: 999 5394 6035

Recording: Here

Tel: 3943 7135
Email: philosophy@cuhk.edu.hk


I examine how experiments can justify normative principles. Some contend that experiments justify indirectly: experiments provide evidence for non-normative claims which, in turn, ground normative principles. Although plausible, this isn’t a significant methodological innovation. Others contend that experiments justify in a freestanding way: all the assumptions needed for experimental justification can, at least ultimately, themselves be justified using experimentation. But this proposal is susceptible to a regress problem. I provide a new version of experimental justification—direct midlevel experimentalism—that is more ambitious than indirect experimentalism but avoids the regress problem. Using a case study about central banking, I argue that experiments offer a distinctive type of procedural justification for midlevel normative principles.

Delivered in English.
All are welcome.