Recent publications by team members

Gustaf Arrhenius, Mark Budolfson & Dean Spears, "Does Climate Change Policy Depend Importantly on Population Ethics?: Deflationary Responses to the Challenges of Population Ethics for Public Policy", in Philosophy and Climate Change. Edited by: Mark Budolfson, Tristram McPherson, and David Plunkett, Oxford University Press (2021)
In this chapter, we argue that the Worry is not obviously well-founded: we may already know enough to make good choices about climate policy even without further progress in population ethics, and further progress might not make much difference to the conclusions that are ultimately correct. More generally, we highlight some reasons—some philosophical, some empirical—why intergenerational policymaking might not be very sensitive to classic arguments from population ethics in the way that have often been assumed.

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Joe Roussos, "Expert deference as a belief revision schema", In Synthese (2020).
When an agent learns of an expert’s credence in a proposition about which they are an expert, the agent should defer to the expert and adopt that credence as their own. This is a popular thought about how agents ought to respond to (ideal) experts. In a Bayesian framework, it is often modelled by endowing the agent with a set of priors that achieves this result. But this model faces a number of challenges, especially when applied to non-ideal agents (who nevertheless interact with ideal experts). I outline these problems, and use them as desiderata for the development of a new model. Taking inspiration from Richard Jeffrey’s development of Jeffrey conditioning, I develop a model in which expert reports are taken as exogenous constraints on the agent’s posterior probabilities. I show how this model can handle a much wider class of expert reports (for example reports of conditional probabilities), and can be naturally extended to cover propositions for which the agent has no prior.

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Julia Mosquera "Måttet klimatavtryck missar viktiga etiska värden", In Expressen (2020) (Swedish article) 
In this article on how to make better food choices if we care both about climate change and animal welfare, Julia Mosquera argues that carbon footprint per kilogram of meat is a good measure to calculate your climate impact, but it is disregards important ethical considerations.

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