Transformative Experience

2015.10.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews L. A. Paul, Transformative Experience, Oxford University Press, 2014, 189pp., $27.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198717959. Reviewed by
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2015.10.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews L. A. Paul, Transformative Experience, Oxford University Press, 2014, 189pp., $27.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780198717959. Reviewed by Krister Bykvist, Stockholm University Can we make a rational choice about whether to become a vampire (if we somehow could have that option), whether to have a child, whether to join a war, or whether to become a doctor? 'Not unless you assign value to discovering what it is like to be a vampire, a parent, a soldier, or a doctor, a value that holds no matter whether these experiences themselves are good or bad' is the surprising answer L. A. Paul gives in her book. In fact, she claims her answer applies, more generally, to all transformative decisions -- decisions which would bring about radically different experiences and could radically change your personality and preferences. It is a surprising answer since, on the face of it, one would... Read More

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