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David Enoch (Hebrew U) – “Statistical Resentment, Or: What’s Wrong with Acting, Blaming, and Believing on the Basis of Statistics Alone” (Virtual Hart Seminar, Surrey)

17 June 2020, 4:10 PM6:10 PM BST

The Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy is holding an online Hart Seminar by David Enoch (Hebrew U), on Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 16:10–18:10 BST:

Abstract: Statistical evidence – say, that 95% of your co-workers badmouth each other – can never render resenting your colleague appropriate, in the way that other evidence (say, the testimony of a reliable friend) can. The problem of statistical resentment is to explain why.

We put the problem of statistical resentment in several wider contexts: The context of the problem of statistical evidence in legal theory; the epistemological context – with problems like the lottery paradox for knowledge, epistemic impurism and doxastic wrongdoing; and the context of a wider set of examples of responses and attitudes that seem not to be appropriately groundable in statistical evidence.

Regrettably, we do not come up with a fully general, fully adequate, fully unified account of all the phenomena discussed. But we give reasons to believe that no such account is forthcoming, and we sketch a somewhat messier account that may be the best that can be had here.

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17 June 2020
4:10 PM–6:10 PM BST
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Surrey Centre for Law & Philosophy, University of Surrey School of Law
Frank Whittle Building, 5th Floor
Guildford, GU2 7XH United Kingdom
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