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Priority or equality for possible people?

Voorhoeve, Alex and Fleurbaey, Marc (2016) Priority or equality for possible people? Ethics, 126 (4). 929 - 954. ISSN 0014-1704

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Abstract

Suppose that you must make choices that may influence the well-being and the identities of the people who will exist, though not the number of people who will exist. How ought you to choose? This article answers this question. It argues that the currency of distributive ethics in such cases is a combination of an individual’s final well-being and her expected well-being conditional on her existence. It also argues that this currency should be distributed in an egalitarian, rather than a prioritarian, manner.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/journals/journal...
Additional Information: © 2016 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 12:45
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 04:55
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/64334

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