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Comment author: MichaelPlant 16 May 2018 02:53:44PM 3 points [-]

Hello Ronja. I think it would be helpful to know if you think this is different from other approaches to moral uncertainty and, if so, which ones. I don't know if you take yourself to be doing something novel or providing an example using an existing theory.

Comment author: Ronja_Lutz 16 May 2018 04:54:19PM 4 points [-]

Hi, thanks for your comment :) Seems like I should have made that clearer! Since what I'm doing is applying Will's approach, the approach is not itself new. I haven't seen it discussed with regards to the worldview-split problem, but since I ended up condensing different "worldviews" into a decision between two theories, it turned out to be basically the same (which is not without problem, for that matter). I still found it valuable to try out this process in practice, and since I am expecting many people to not have read Will's thesis, I hoped this would provide them with an example of such a process. One person told me they found it valuable to use this way of thinking for themselves, and someone else said they were more inclined to read the actual thesis now, so I think there is some value in this article, and the issue might be more about the way I'm framing it. If you have an idea for a framing you would have found more useful, I'd be happy to know. Do you think just adding a sentence or two at the start of the article might do?

Comment author: MichaelPlant 17 May 2018 03:39:34PM 2 points [-]

Yeah, I think it would be good to put the research in context - true for posts here as other pieces of work - so readers know what sort of hat they should be wearing and if this is relevant for them.