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"Quantification in Ethics" A presentation by Dr. James Franklin, Honorary Professor School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New South Wales
Ethics is usually thought of as involving no quantification – it is about discussing principles and resolving dilemmas with arguments just in words. But many ethical decisions require a degree of quantification, precise or imprecise. Just because humans have an equal ethical worth (itself not quantifiable), they sometimes need to be counted, as in taking a course of military or healthcare action that minimizes number of deaths. More subtle cases include compensation calculations, monetary debts, and healthcare allocation using quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs). The talk gives an overview of where quantification is needed in ethics and how it meshes with non-quantitative considerations.

This presentation is part of "Ethically Speaking: A UCF Interdisciplinary Series on Contemporary Moral Issues."

Nov 30, 2021 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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