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How to be a high-impact philosopher, part II

ProPhi mentioned Part I of the series at the Oxford Practical Ethics blog, where author Will Crouch (Ph.D. candidate at Oxford) explains what he now calls the “top-down” approach. Part II offers a “bottom-up” approach.

  1. Begin by asking ‘which are the biggest decisions that one typically makes in life?’
  2. Then ask: ‘What are the crucial normative considerations that might affect how I should make those decisions?’
  3. Then figure out which of these crucial considerations is most likely to produce an action-relevant outcome given your marginal research time.
  4. Then work on that topic!
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