COVID-19, uncertainty, and moral experiments

Michael Klenk*, Ibo Van de Poel

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Pandemics like COVID-19 confront us with decisions about life and death that come with great uncertainty, factual as well as moral. How should policy makers deal with such uncertainty? We suggest that rather than to deliberate until they have found the right course of action, they better do moral experiments that generate relevant experiences to enable more reliable moral evaluations and rational decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8
JournalHistory and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Moral dilemmas
  • Rationality
  • Uncertainty


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