|Introduction to Philosophy||Notes||This is not a substitute for coming to class||Richard Lee|
|Philosophy 2003 C 001||Copyright © 1999, Richard Lee||Spring 1999|
Living / Dead Option
An option is living if both of its hypotheses are live. Otherwise it is dead.
Forced / Avoidable Option
An option is forced if one must choose one or the other. Otherwise it is avoidable.
Momentous / Trivial Option
An option is trivial if either
(a) the opportunity is not unique,Thus an option is momentous if
(b) the stake is insignificant, or
(c) the decision is reversible.
(a) the opportunity is unique,Genuine Option A genuine option is one which is (a) living, (b) momentous, and (c) forced.
(b) the stake is significant, and
(c) the decision is irreversible.