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18 October 2022 - 18 October 2022

4:30PM - 6:00PM

Kenworthy Hall, St Mary's College

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CHESS Seminar Series 2022/23 Olav Gjelsvik (University of Oslo) on 'Intellectual Humility and Pareto Superiority' All welcome and refreshments provided

Olav Gjelsvik is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of CSMN, University of Oslo. Personal webpage: Olav Gjelsvik - Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (

Intellectual Humility and Pareto Superiority

Abstract: It has recently been maintained (both by Anna Mathani and Tim Williamson) that there are general philosophical arguments in support of the claim that a concept like ex ante Pareto superiority cannot in general be well applied to the social world, and that this may have wide-ranging consequences in the philosophy of social science as it may concern all concepts whose applications presuppose that we can track individuals through changes. This talk will investigate this claim from the perspective that we should first investigate and analyze the best scientific practice concerning relevant matters. I shall argue that in this case the negative general philosophical claim cannot be legitimately made: Social scientists have seen the problem and adequate measures can be and have been taken.


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Topic: CHESS Seminar Series 22/23: Olav Gjelsvik
Time: Oct 11, 2022 04:30 PM London

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