Understanding Society

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Tomasz Żuradzki

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I'm an assistant professor at the Institute of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. I studied political science and philosophy at the London School of Economics (MSc in 2006) and I received a PhD in philosophy in 2011 at the Jagiellonian University. My recent work focuses on the intersection of metaethics and practical ethics. I'm the director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics at the Jagiellonian University, a member of the editorial board of the journal Diametros, and the editor-in-chief of the popular science journal Filozofia w Praktyce (Philosophy in Practice).

The aim of my project is to rethink today’s paradigm in academic ethics by redirecting discussions about ethical questions to problems involving uncertainty. Normative theorizing in ethics is very often conducted today without even mentioning uncertainty. This special predilection for certainty is surprising since most decisions or evaluations are made both by individuals and policy-makers through the fog of uncertainty, ignorance, indeterminacy or – at least – risk. Therefore, I want to rethink ethical evaluations or public decisions undertaken under different kinds of uncertainty when an individual or a policy-maker does not have access to or knowledge about (for example): the relevant facts, the consequences of some decisions, the identity of people involved, other people’s preferences or decisions, the individuation of actions, the ontological and moral status of some beings, the relevant normative doctrines etc. I will be visiting TiLPS from September 2017 until February 2018. For more information, see my website.