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The many futures of a decision

Author: Jay Lampert
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Combining two a central topics in philosophy in the 20th Century, this book considers the ethics and impact of decision-making alongside the philosophy of time. When we make simple decisions, like the decision to wake up at 8 a.m. tomorrow, we make use of a linear model of the future. But when we make open-ended decisions, like the decision to get fitter, or more involved in politics, we presuppose a much more  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Lampert
ISBN: 9781350047785 1350047783 9781350047792 1350047791 9781350047815 1350047813 9781350047808 1350047805
OCLC Number: 1099712154
Description: 332 s.
Contents: Introduction to Concepts - What is the temporal referent of a decision?1. Sartre - Can a decision be binding on the future? The future without continuity2. Husserl - Decision-options and temporal overlap3. Heidegger - The original decision to decide. Continuity without a future4. Kierkegaard - Decision as promise: Decisionism in religion. Plus: Kant's moral postulate of hope and Pascal's wager of infinite time5. Schmitt - Decisionism in politics: the sovereign moment and its authoritarian follow-up6. Habermas - Steering procedures and the term limits of a decision7. Decision-Theory - Economics, seriality, and retrospective effects8. Branching Futures in Tense Logic; Possible worlds, possible futures, alternative worlds9. Derrida - Indecision-theory and the future to-come10. Deleuze - Decision in the future = XConclusion - Many overlapping real futuresBibliographyIndex

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Combining two a central topics in philosophy in the 20th Century, this book considers the ethics and impact of decision-making alongside the philosophy of time. When we make simple decisions, like the decision to wake up at 8 a.m. tomorrow, we make use of a linear model of the future. But when we make open-ended decisions, like the decision to get fitter, or more involved in politics, we presuppose a much more complex model of the future. We project a variety of virtual futures. We can carry out a decision in many different ways at once, which may converge and diverge at different points in time. Using a phenomenological approach, The Many Futures of a Decision explores what we learn about the structure of the future specifically from decision-making. Most theories of decision concentrate on the rationality: the evidence and value assessments that build up grounds for a rational decision. Instead, this book innovatively engages with the nature of the future as a multi-layered decisions project. Through interpretations of the theories of decision in philosophers like Husserl and Heidegger, Schmitt and Habermas, Derrida and Deleuze, along with other decision theories, Lampert develops an original theory of multiple futures."--Bloomsbury Publishing

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