Promising Against the Evidence #1

In this Wireless Philosophy video, Berislav Marušić (Brandeis University) talks about promises to do difficult things, such as the promise to spend the rest of one’s life with someone. Beri explains that such promises pose a philosophical problem: they seem to be either insincere, in case one doesn’t believe that one will keep them, or irrational, in case one does believe it. He describes how exactly the problem arises and sketches five possible responses.

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at University of Edinburgh

I am Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Brandeis University. My main research interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind, ethics and epistemology. I am also interested in philosophy of action, the nature of reasons, the philosophy of perception, existentialism and the history of modern philosophy. I received my Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2007 and my A.B. from Harvard in 2001.

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