PHIL408Z     Topics in Contemporary Philosophy: Individual and Group Decision Making
Semester:Spring 2015
Instructor: Eric Pacuit
Room:SKN 0104
Meeting Times:MW 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 the methods that we use to make individual and group decisions.  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), fair division (cake cutting algorithms and the division of indivisible goods), and the problem of interpersonal comparison of utilities.