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Vanderbilt Rational Choice & Philosophy Conference
May 16-17, 2014


The Berry Fund, College of Arts and Science, Department of Economics, Department of Philosophy, and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in Economics

Location: 423 Calhoun Hall


Friday, May 16, 2014

Opening Remarks 8:15–8:30
Samir Okasha (University of Bristol) and John Weymark (Vanderbilt University)

Session 1 8:30–10:30
Chair:  Samir Okasha (University of Bristol)
“Aggregating Moral Preferences,” Matthew Adler (Duke University)
Commentator: Andrew Forcehimes (Vanderbilt University)
“Mentalism versus Behaviourism in Economics: A Philosophy-of-Science Approach,” Franz Dietrich (CNRS and University of East Anglia) and  Christian List*  (London School  of Economics)
Commentator: Thomas Holaday (Vanderbilt University)

Coffee Break 10:30–10:50

Session 2 10:50–11:50
Chair: Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon University)
“Rethinking Nudges,” Mikaël Cozic (Université Paris-Est Créteil and Institut Universitaire de France) and Philippe Mongin* (CNRS and HEC Paris)
Commentator: Elizabeth Edenberg (Vanderbilt University)

Lunch 11:50–1:00

Session 3 1:00–3:00
Chair: Franz Dietrich (CNRS and University of East Anglia)
"Basic Values and Rational Choices: Dealing with Incomparability and Cycles," Bertil Tungodden (Norges  Handelshøyskole) and  Peter Vallentyne*  (University of Missouri)
Commentator:  Michael Morreau (Universitet i Tromsø  – Norges  arktiske universitet)
“The Implications of Equal Value of Life and Prioritarianism for the Evaluation of  Population Health,” Juan  D.  Moreno-Ternero* (Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Université catholique de Louvain) and Lars  Peter Østerdal (Syddansk Universitet)
Commentator: Martin Van der Linden  (Vanderbilt University)

Coffee Break 3:00-3:20

Session 4 3:20–4:20
Chair:  Philippe Mongin (CNRS and  HEC  Paris)
“A Reconsideration of the Harsanyi–Sen–Weymark Debate on Utilitarianism,” Hilary Greaves (University of Oxford)
Commentator: John Weymark (Vanderbilt University)

Dinner  7:00–

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Session 5 8:30–10:30
Chair: Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Universidad Pablo de Olavide and Université catholique de Louvain)
“Value Illusions in Grading,” Michael Morreau (Universitet i Tromsø – Norges arktiske universitet)
Commentator: Christian List (London  School  of Economics)
“Rationality, Self-Interest, and  Welfare in  Contemporary Economics,” Daniel  Hausman (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Commentator: Philippe Mongin (CNRS  and  HEC  Paris)

Coffee  Break  10:30–10:50

Session 6 10:50–11:50

Chair: Matthew Adler (Duke University)
“Does Collective Responsibility Have a Point?,” Katie Steele  (London  School  of Economics)
Commentator: Peter Vallentyne (University of Missouri)

Lunch 11:50–1:00

Session 7 1:00–3:00
Chair:  Eun Jeong Heo (Vanderbilt University)
“Reason-Based Rationalization,” Franz Dietrich* (CNRS  and  University of East Anglia)  and  Christian List  (London  School  of Economics)
Commentator: Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Universidad Pablo  de  Olavide and  Université catholique de  Louvain)
“Ellsberg’'s Paradox and the Value of Chances, Richard Bradley (London  School  of Economics)
Commentator: Hilary Greaves (University of Oxford)

Coffee Break 3:00-3:20

Session 7 3:20–5:20
Chair: Richard Bradley (London  School  of Economics)
“The Credit Economy and the Economic Rationality of Science,” Kevin Zollman  (Carnegie Mellon  University)
Commentator: Katie Steele  (London  School  of Economics)
“On the Use of Rational Choice Theory in Evolutionary Biology,” Samir Okasha
(University of Bristol)
Commentator: Kevin Zollman (Carnegie Mellon  University)

Dinner  7:00–

For multiple-authored papers, the presenter is designated by an asterisk.