ENCODE: Explicating Norms of Collective Deliberation
In the Fall of 2020, I was awarded an NWO VIDI grant for my project ENCODE (cf. this summary at the NWO website). This 5-year project will be carried out at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, in collaboration with a PhD student (4 years) and a postdoctoral researcher (2 years). Topic-wise, the project lies at the intersection of political theory and philosophical logic. Its overall aim is to build logical models of agents' preferences, beliefs, and the arguments that ground them, and to use the resulting formal languages to study norms for group deliberation. Examples of questions we will study are:
What is a suitable formal language for representing reason-based preferences and their updates?
What type of communication and what starting positions are required for communication and belief revision to result in full consensus about a given choice problem?
Under what conditions can deliberation foster mutual understanding, without enforcing full-blown consensus?
While based at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) in the Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil), the project staff will collaborate with scholars throughout the Netherlands and internationally. In addition, we will organize workshops and seminars on a regular basis, bringing experts from various fields and practicioners together. See this page for news on the project. Below, you can download the main content of the VIDI application (submitted in Fall 2019, granted in Fall 2020).