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Feldman's Desert-Adjusted Utilitarianism and Population Ethics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy. University of Oxford, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5031-505X
2003 (English)In: Utilitas, ISSN 0953-8208, E-ISSN 1741-6183, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 225-236Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Fred Feldman has proposed a desert-adjusted version of utilitarianism, ‘justicism’, as a plausible population axiology. Among other things, he claims that justicism avoids Derek Parfit's ‘repugnant conclusion’. This paper explains the theory and tries to straighten out some of its ambiguities. Moreover, it is shown that it is not clear whether justicism avoids the repugnant conclusion and that it is has other counter-intuitive implications. It is concluded that justicism is not convincing as a population axiology.

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2003. Vol. 15, no 2, p. 225-236
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169346DOI: 10.1017/S0953820800003964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169346DiVA, id: diva2:1319603
Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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