Managing High-Stakes Risk: Toward a New Economics for by M. Jablonowski

By M. Jablonowski

The possibility we are facing from high-stakes threat hasn't ever been larger. those demanding situations comprise environmental toxins, fragile monetary platforms and the specter of frequent geopolitical violence. This booklet means that a go back to average hazard degrees – these based on certainly taking place history degrees – is either fascinating and achievable.

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Immanuel Kant’s outline of moral philosophy of absolutes appears in his Grounding for a Metaphysics of Morals (Hackett 22 Managing High-Stakes Risk Publishing, 1993), originally published in 1785. For a modern application of Kant’s philosophy of morals within the framework of environmental risks, see John Martin Gillroy’s Justice & Nature: Kantian Philosophy, Environmental Policy, and the Law (Georgetown University Press, 2001). ” The modern utilitarian position was articulated in the work of John Stuart Mill, see especially Utilitarianism (Hackett, 2002), a pamphlet originally published in 1863.

1 we show a simple representation of the danger zone, in terms of the probabilities and impact of an event. Probabilities range from certain (“1”) to some very small number. Tiny probabilities, though they do not exclude physical possibility, are small enough to be considered practically impossible. In turn, events with likelihoods greater than these are considered possible. Potential outcomes range from small to catastrophic. 1 The “danger zone” 46 Managing High-Stakes Risk space is defined by the intersection of the fuzzy ideas of possibility and catastrophe.

Complete uncertainty, on the other hand, would be represented by an interval that includes all possibilities – nothing is excluded. Usually, our knowledge supports some degree of possibility between precision and complete ignorance. We might, as in the case of the outdoor temperature tomorrow, assess some rough interval of possibilities. Given the information at hand, we might believe that tomorrow’s temperature will be between 30 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternatively, such uncertainties are often expressed in linguistic expressions that roughly represent this interval: We think it will be cool tomorrow.

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