Uncertainty and Control

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Sven Ove Hansson


In a decision making context, an agent’s uncertainty can be either epistemic, i.e. due to her lack of knowledge, or agentive, i.e. due to her not having made (full) use of her decision-making power. In cases when it is unclear whether or not a decision maker presently has control over her own future actions, it is difficult to determine whether her uncertainty is epistemic or agentive. Such situations are often difficult for the agent to deal with, but from an outsider’s perspective, they can have sensible pragmatic solutions.


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Hansson, Sven Ove. 2017. “Uncertainty and Control”. Diametros, no. 53 (October):50-59. https://doi.org/10.13153/diam.53.0.1100.
Ethics and Uncertainty
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Sven Ove Hansson, Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Philosophy and History

Sven Ove Hansson, ProfessorRoyal Institute of TechnologyDepartment of Philosophy and HistoryBrinellvägen 32114 28 StockholmSweden

E-mail: soh@kth.se

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