Volume 12, Issue 3 e12408

Moral uncertainty

Krister Bykvist

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Krister Bykvist

Dept. of Philosophy, Stockholm University

Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm


Krister Bykvist, Professor of Practical Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, Stockholm University, SE-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.

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First published: 06 March 2017
Citations: 21


What should we do when we are not certain about what we morally should do? There is a long history of theorizing about decision-making under empirical uncertainty, but surprisingly little has been written about the moral uncertainty expressed by this question. Only very recently have philosophers started to systematically address the nature of such uncertainty and its impacts on decision-making. This paper addresses the main problems raised by moral uncertainty and critically examines some proposed solutions.