Is unhappiness morally more important than happiness?

Philosophical Quarterly 29 (114):47-55 (1979)
The view that the obligation to promote happiness is, as Popper puts it, "in any case much less urgent" than the obligation to eliminate unhappiness we might call the "Negative Doctrine". I know of no plausible form of the Negative Doctrine.
Keywords negative utilitarianism
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DOI 10.2307/2219182
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