PHIL408I     Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Individual & Group Decision Making
Semester:Spring 2014
Instructor: Eric Pacuit
Room:SKN 1112
Meeting Times:10:00am - 10:50am

Much of our daily lives is spent taking part in various types of what we might call “political” procedures. Examples range from voting in a national election to deliberating with others in small committees. Many interesting philosophical and mathematical issues arise when we carefully examine our individual and group decision-making processes. Topics include philosophical issues in rational choice theory, voting methods (Plurality Rule, Majority Judgement, Approval Voting, Borda Count, The Hare System),  voting paradoxes (Condorcet Paradox, Anscombe's Paradox, the No-Show Paradox), Arrow's Impossibility theorem and other results in social choice theory, strategic voting (the Gibbard-Satterthwaite Theorem), topics in Judgement Aggregation (the Discursive Dilemma), and fair division (cake cutting algorithms and the division of indivisible goods).      

Parts of the course will also be offered as a MOOC on coursera (   The video lectures and online quizzes prepared for the MOOC will be incorporated into this course.