This will be a short one, because I decided to pick up a topic that I can’t really say that I understand much, just to talk about something that makes me happy. I was reading a Washington Post opinion piece, Is it time to limit personal health? and that led me to looking into a research project at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Fair Limits, which is focused on studying the question of whether it makes sense to talk about it.
What I want to talk about is not really about “limitarianism”, which personally I don’t think is that easy to apply meaningfully, or the tax rate discussion raised in the Post article, but really the idea that people have enough resources to actually launch a philosophical “program” to just think and write articles about this topic to get to the bottom of whether it’s really worth pursuing.
I love this type of academics!
Maybe it’s because it reminds me of some types of good fiction where the author will come up with a concept and just try to build a world around this concept to see if what comes out of the story is something that makes sense.
Maybe it’s because it reminds me of my own Ph.D. where I spent a while just pushing for what you could do if you represented everything as graphs and try to come up with structural patterns instead of numeric patterns. On my Ph.D side, I have to admit that I probably could have another few years to get to the end of it, and I didn’t because I moved to industry. Oh, well…
Anyway, thank you researchers out there for giving their best try at ideas!