L.A. Paul on Transformative Experiences

  • Laurie Paul (Participant)

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Rationally Speaking podcast featuring L.A. Paul discussing her work on transformative experiences. Abstract:
What if you had the opportunity to become a vampire, irreversibly -- and everyone you knew who had become one said "It's utterly indescribable." Would you take the leap, not knowing what it would feel like, or how it would change your personality and values? That's an example of what philosopher L. A. Paul calls a "transformative experience," one that's especially hard to choose (or forgo) rationally, because of how unknowable it is and how it changes your very preferences. In this episode, she and Julia discuss real life examples of transformative experiences -- such as having children -- and debate how to deal with them.

L.A.'s Pick: "The View From Nowhere" by Thomas Nagel

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

Period30 Apr 2017
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • transformative experience