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Ruth Elizabeth Chang
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Making Hard Choices: The Power of Commitment in a World of Reasons

Research leading to publication of a monograph on the philosophical nature of hard choices.

Life is full of hard choices. Social scientists--psychologists, neuroscientists, and economists--study our reactions to such choices and model what we do in response to them. On the basis of their observations, they sometimes offer advice about how we should respond to a hard choice. But do they--or we--really understand what hard choices are? What, exactly, makes a choice hard? This is a question that humanists--and in particular, philosophers--are best suited to answer. In my book, Making Hard Choices, I undertake a distinctively philosophical investigation of the nature of hard choices. Once we understand what makes a choice hard, we are in a position to think more clearly about what we should do in the face of them. I offer novel answers to the questions, 'What are hard choices?' and 'What should we do in the face of them?' My aim is to present an investigation of these questions that is rooted in rigorous philosophical research and argument but nevertheless accessible.

Project fields:
Ethics; Philosophy, General; Philosophy, Other

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019