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Death: The Ultimate Transformative Experience

Evan Thompson

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0016
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Death is the ultimate transformative experience. “Death” here means not the state of being dead but rather the whole process of dying, culminating in the end of a person’s life. Death is ... More


Transformative Choice

L. A. Paul

in Transformative Experience

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198717959
eISBN:
9780191787409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717959.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter develops the central ideas involved in transformative decision-making, defining epistemically transformative experiences, personally transformative experiences, and subjective values, ... More


What Can Adaptive Preferences and Transformative Experiences Do for Each Other?

Rosa Terlazzo

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter explores the connection between transformative experience and adaptive preferences, or preferences resulting from the fact that a given option was the best available from within a ... More


Transformative Experience and the Problem of Religious Disagreement

Joshua Blanchard and L.A. Paul

in Religious Disagreement and Pluralism

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780198849865
eISBN:
9780191884269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198849865.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 6 considers how peer disagreement over religion presents an epistemological problem: How can confidence in any religious claims including their negations be epistemically justified? Here, it ... More


Punishment and Transformation

Jennifer Lackey

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that the possibility of transformations and transformative experiences shows that strict, long-term punishments are epistemically irrational. Since the rationality of punishment ... More


Editors’ Introduction

Enoch Lambert and John Schwenkler

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Phenomena of transformative change raise questions concerning the rationality of potentially life-altering decisions and the nature of any change that would radically alter a person’s psychological ... More


Who Will I Become?

L. A. Paul

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter argues that life-changing experiences like having a child are hard to evaluate within standard models of rational decision-making, given the extent of the change they bring about in our ... More


Transformative Activities

Agnes Callard

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter reads Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend as a narrative of personal transformation through a process of active learning. In transformative activity, not only the onset but the ... More


Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Enoch Lambert and John Schwenkler (eds)

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book presents fifteen new essays on the topic of transformative experience, choice, and change. Questions that are covered include: What is the nature of personal transformation? How can choices ... More


What Imagination Teaches

Amy Kind

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter considers the use of imagination in transformative decision-making. While there may be some cases where an experience is so qualitatively different from those one has had that it is ... More


Transformative Expression

Nick Riggle

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The hope that art could be personally or socially transformational is an important part of art history and contemporary art practice. In the twentieth century, it shaped a movement away from ... More


How Personal Theories of the Self Shape Beliefs about Personal Continuity and Transformative Experience

Sarah Molouki, Stephanie Y. Chen, Oleg Urminsky, and Daniel M. Bartels

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter summarizes experimental work exploring how individual beliefs about the personally disruptive character of transformative experiences are influenced by intuitive theories of what a self ... More


Models of Transformative Decision-Making

Samuel Zimmerman and Tomer Ullman

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Deciding to undergo a transformative experience present unique challenges for a reasonable decision-maker, and for any attempt to give a formal account of how people can make such decisions. This ... More


Risking Belief

John Schwenkler

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses how we should think about experiences that threaten to radically transform our understanding of the world. While it can be rational to treat the “doxastically transformative” ... More


Effective Altruism and Transformative Experience

Jeff Sebo and Laurie Paul

in Effective Altruism: Philosophical Issues

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780198841364
eISBN:
9780191881428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198841364.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In this chapter, Jeff Sebo and L.A. Paul investigate the phenomenon of experiences that transform the experiencer, either epistemically, personally, or both. The possibility of such experiences, Sebo ... More


Transformative Experience and the Knowledge Norms for Action: Moss on Paul’s Challenge to Decision Theory

Richard Pettigrew

in Becoming Someone New: Essays on Transformative Experience, Choice, and Change

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198823735
eISBN:
9780191862519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823735.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

In this chapter, Richard Pettigrew continues his defense of the Fine-Graining Response to L. A. Paul’s critique of decision theory, arguing that it meets a new challenge from Sarah Moss’s ... More


Modal Prospection

John McCoy, L. A. Paul, and Tomer Ullman

in Metaphysics and Cognitive Science

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780190639679
eISBN:
9780190639709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190639679.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

Drawing together the metaphysics of counterfactuals with empirical work on intuitive judgments, this chapter discusses the nature of counterfactual reasoning about self-involving possibilities. It ... More


Linguistic Intervention and Transformative Communicative Disruptions

Rachel Katharine Sterken

in Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

What words we use, and what meanings they have, is important. We shouldn’t use slurs; we should use ‘rape’ to include spousal rape (for centuries we didn’t); we should have a word which picks out the ... More


Becoming a Vampire

L. A. Paul

in Transformative Experience

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780198717959
eISBN:
9780191787409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717959.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter introduces the problem of transformative choice using the example of choosing to become a vampire. The example illustrates the problems with decision-making involving transformative ... More


Knowledge and action

Sarah Moss

in Probabilistic Knowledge

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780198792154
eISBN:
9780191861260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198792154.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter develops and defends two probabilistic knowledge norms of action. The first is a knowledge norm for reasons, namely that you may treat a probabilistic content as a reason for action if ... More


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