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Reason and Responsibility in Decision Making


Erez B.

Course director

Villa T.



This course discusses general methods to reflect on the nature of problems to then make responsible decisions. The methods range from logic and mathematics to experimental science, to personal dialogue and ethical valuation.


In life we face all sorts of decisions. Some are consequential and also often entail conflicting goals and uncertain outcomes, which makes them difficult. The main objective of this course is to develop ways to reason about decisions, in particular to understand the nature of the decisions so as to assess their consequences with the most appropriate methods.

Teaching mode

In presence

Learning methods

Interactive discussions based on examples and case studies presented by different professors with a variety of styles, methods, and competences.

Examination information

Participation; final essay on the analysis of one or more case-study decisions.