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How it makes a moral difference that one is worse off than one could have been.

Otsuka, Michael (2017) How it makes a moral difference that one is worse off than one could have been. Politics, Philosophy and Economics. ISSN 1470-594X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1470594X17731394

Abstract

In this article, I argue that it makes a moral difference whether an individual is worse off than she could have been. Here I part company with consequentialists such as Parfit and side with contractualists such as Scanlon. But, unlike some contractualists, I reject the view that all that matters is whether a principle can be justified to each particular individual, where such a justification is attentive to her interests, complaints, and other claims. The anonymous goodness of a distribution also matters. My attempt to reconcile contractualist and consequentialist approaches proceeds via a serious of reflections on cases.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/journal/politics-...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2017 11:53
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84663

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