The Philosophy Department hosts a Great Conversation “Nudges and Choices: The Technological Mediation of Moral Decision Making” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Faculty Center. It will be led by Prof. Adam Rosenfeld, Dept of Philosophy. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
The topic: “Much fuss has been made of the notion that moral behavior can be steered through the way we design our environments. Most famously, Sunstein and Thaler’s “nudge” theory argues that we can use technological design to hijack our psychological biases and make better “choices,” and that we can do so in ways that speak to the best aspects of both our paternalistic and libertarian political intuitions. But what does it mean to make a moral “choice” when we are outsourcing moral decision making to our technologies? To what extent might we want to insist that moral choice and agency requires genuine deliberation rather than mere freedom from constraint? What sorts of moral agents do we aspire to be, and what sorts of design principles facilitate the realization of those aspirations?”