Is Normative Uncertainty Irrelevant If Your Descriptive Uncertainty Depends on It?

Pamela Robinson
Australian National University
According to ‘Excluders’, descriptive uncertainty—but not normative uncertainty—matters to what we ought to do. Recently, several authors have argued that those wishing to treat normative uncertainty differently from descriptive uncertainty face a dependence problem because one’s descriptive uncertainty can depend on one’s normative uncertainty. The aim of this paper is to determine whether the phenomenon of dependence poses a decisive problem for Excluders. I argue that existing arguments fail to show this, and that, while stronger ones can be found, Excluders can escape them.
Keywords moral uncertainty  normative uncertainty  descriptive uncertainty
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