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Utilitarianism or prioritarianism?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2015 (English)In: Utilitas, ISSN 0953-8208, E-ISSN 1741-6183, Vol. 27, no 2, 240-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A simple hedonistic theory allowing for interpersonal comparisons of happiness is taken for granted in this article. The hedonistic theory is used to compare utilitarianism, urging us to maximize the sum total of happiness, with prioritarianism, urging us to maximize a sum total of weighed happiness. It is argued with reference to a few thought experiments that utilitarianism is, intuitively speaking, more plausible than prioritarianism. The problem with prioritarianism surfaces when prudence and morality come apart. 

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2015. Vol. 27, no 2, 240-250 p.
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy; Practical Philosophy
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114157DOI: 10.1017/S0953820815000011ISI: 000354104600007OAI: diva2:790039
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-02-23 Created: 2015-02-23 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved

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