Tenenbaum and Raffman on Vague Projects, the Self-Torturer, and the Sorites

Ethics 126 (2):474-488 (2016)

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Luke Elson
University of Reading
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Sergio Tenenbaum and Diana Raffman contend that ‘vague projects’ motivate radical revisions to orthodox, utility-maximising rational choice theory. Their argument cannot succeed if such projects merely ground instances of the paradox of the sorites, or heap. Tenenbaum and Raffman are not blind to this, and argue that Warren Quinn’s Puzzle of the Self-Torturer does not rest on the sorites. I argue that their argument both fails to generalise to most vague projects, and is ineffective in the case of the Self-Torturer itself
Keywords vagueness  self-torturer  tenenbaum  raffman  rational choice  vague project  sorites
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