Should We Respond to Evil with Indifference?
Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Volume 70, Issue 3, pages 613–635, May 2005
How to Cite
WEATHERSON, B. (2005), Should We Respond to Evil with Indifference?. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 70: 613–635. doi: 10.1111/j.1933-1592.2005.tb00417.x
- Issue published online: 29 MAY 2007
- Article first published online: 29 MAY 2007
In a recent article, Adam Elga outlines a strategy for Defeating Dr Evil with Self-Locating Belief. The strategy relies on an indifference principle that is not up to the task. In general, there are two things to dislike about indifference principles: adopting one normally means confusing risk for uncertainty, and they tend to lead to incoherent views in some ‘paradoxical’ situations. I argue that both kinds of objection can be levelled against Elga's indifference principle. There are also some difficulties with the concept of evidence that Elga uses, and these create further difficulties for the principle.