More Formalism at the Price of Less Substance. On Broome’s Decision Theoretic Contribution to Utilitarianism
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Berna Kilinç, Gürol Irzik & Stephen Voss (eds.), The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy. 161-169 (2007)
On a general level, this paper proposes a critical analysis of one of the attempts to make bridges between economics and moral and political philosophy. A priori, we may expect that formal methods may lead to clearer and more rigorous arguments, and may facilitate practical applications. However, this paper illustrates how precision is bought at the price of becoming tautological. Therefore, the statement that "it is already widely recognized that formal methods derived from economics can contribute to ethics" seems hasty. The paper is organized as follows: Section 2 discusses some philosophical background assumptions which underlie a decision theoretic argument in favour of utilitarianism. Section 3 recalls briefly John Harsanyi's decision theoretic arguments in favour of utilitarianism. It then focuses on the crucial assumption of separability in order to show that separability can always be saved as an assumption if one applies the strategy of dispersion. Section 4, finally, shows how the theorem may indeed reconcile the concern for equality and utilitarianism, at the price of becoming futile
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Geert Demuijnck (2007). More Formalism at the Price of Less Substance. The Proceedings of the Twenty-First World Congress of Philosophy 5:161-169.
Peter Vallentyne (2009). Broome on Moral Goodness and Population Ethics. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (3):739 - 746.
Wlodek Rabinowicz (2009). Broome and the Intuition of Neutrality. Philosophical Issues 19 (1):389-411.
John Broome (1987). Utilitarianism and Expected Utility. Journal of Philosophy 84 (8):405-422.
Gerald Lang (2004). A Dilemma for Objective Act-Utilitarianism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):221-239.
Kanu Ikechukwu Anthony (2012). The Problem of Substance in Metaphysics. African Research Review 1 (1):24-29.
Ruth Weintraub (1990). Decision-Theoretic Epistemology. Synthese 83 (1):159 - 177.
John L. Pollock, Against Optimality: Logical Foundations for Decision-Theoretic Planning in Autonomous Agents.
Eric Wiland (2007). How Indirect Can Indirect Utilitarianism Be? Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2):275-301.
Leendert W. N. Torre & Yao-Hua Tan (1999). Diagnosis and Decision Making in Normative Reasoning. Artificial Intelligence and Law 7 (1).
A. Schäfer & R. W. Trapp (1989). Distributional Equality in Non-Classical Utilitarianism — A Proof of Lerner's Theorem for 'Utilitarianism Incorporating Justice'. Theory and Decision 26 (2):157-173.
Jan Narveson (1965). Utilitarianism and Formalism. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 43 (1):58-72.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2011-05-31
Total downloads1 ( #599,983 of 1,696,615 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,146 of 1,696,615 )
How can I increase my downloads?