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Philosophical issues related to risks and values

Kinouchi, Renato (2018) Philosophical issues related to risks and values. Filosofia Unisinos, 19 (3). pp. 235-240. ISSN 1984-8234

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Identification Number: 10.4013/fsu.2018.193.06


This paper begins with the assumption that the concept of risk implies an entanglement between facts and values. This is not an arbitrary assumption since it can directly be deduced from the standard notion of risk. The value-ladenness of risk raises at least two further issues: the first one concerns the scales adopted to evaluate the severity of risks; the second concerns the commensurability/comparability of risks to human health and the environment. Some additional light is shed on those issues whether the models used in risk analysis were understood as fictions limited by the values that they can include. From this point of view, controversies on the limited scope of standard risk assessments are not only descriptive but also evaluative.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS)
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2018 11:55
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2020 00:01

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