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Aggregating moral preferences

Adler, Matthew D. (2016) Aggregating moral preferences. Economics and Philosophy, 32 (2). 283 - 321. ISSN 0266-2671

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0266267115000486


Preference-aggregation problems arise in various contexts. One such context, little explored by social choice theorists, is metaethical. ‘Ideal-advisor’ accounts, which have played a major role in metaethics, propose that moral facts are constituted by the idealized preferences of a community of advisors. Such accounts give rise to a preference-aggregation problem: namely, aggregating the advisors’ moral preferences. Do we have reason to believe that the advisors, albeit idealized, can still diverge in their rankings of a given set of alternatives? If so, what are the moral facts (in particular, the comparative moral goodness of the alternatives) when the advisors do diverge? These questions are investigated here using the tools of Arrovian social choice theory.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 12:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:27

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