Res Philosophica 92 (2):1-23 (2015)

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L. A. Paul
Yale University
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It seems natural to choose whether to have a child by reflecting on what it would be like to actually have a child. I argue that this natural approach fails. If you choose to become a parent, and your choice is based on projections about what you think it would be like for you to have a child, your choice is not rational. If you choose to remain childless, and your choice is based upon projections about what you think it would be like for you to have a child, your choice is not rational. This suggests we should reject our ordinary conception of how to make this life-changing decision, and raises general questions about how to rationally approach important life choices.
Keywords transformative experience  epistemically transformative experience  decision theory  what it's like  qualia  family planning  rational choice  normative decision theory
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DOI 10.11612/resphil.2015.92.2.1
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