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Impartial evaluation under ambiguity

Bradley, Richard ORCID: 0000-0003-2184-7844 (2022) Impartial evaluation under ambiguity. Ethics, 132 (3). 541 - 569. ISSN 0014-1704

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How should an impartial social observer judge distributions of well-being across different individuals when there is uncertainty regarding the state of the world? I explore this question by imposing very weak conditions of rationality and benevolent sympathy on impartial betterness judgments under uncertainty. Although weak enough to be consistent with all the main theories of rationality, these conditions prove to be sufficient to rule out any heterogeneity in what is good for individuals, to require a neutral attitude to uncertainty on the part of the social observer, and to require that both individual and social betterness be strongly separable.

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Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 16:15
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2024 00:21

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