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Ethical criteria of risk acceptance
KTH, Superseded Departments, History of Science and Technology.
2003 (English)In: Erkenntnis, ISSN 0165-0106, E-ISSN 1572-8420, Vol. 59, no 3, 291-309 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mainstream moral theories deal with situations in which the outcome of each possible action is well-determined and knowable. In order to make ethics relevant for problems of risk and uncertainty, moral theories have to be extended so that they cover actions whose outcomes are not determinable beforehand. One approach to this extension problem is to develop methods for appraising probabilistic combinations of outcomes. This approach is investigated and shown not to solve the problem. An alternative approach is then developed. Its starting-point is that everyone has a prime facie moral right not to be exposed to risk. However, this right can be overridden fi the risk-exposure is part of an equitable system for risk-taking that works to the advantage of the individual risk-exposed person.

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2003. Vol. 59, no 3, 291-309 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-22938ISI: 000186419300002OAI: diva2:341636
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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