David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Issues 19 (1):389-411 (2009)
In “Weighing Lives” (2004) John Broome criticizes a view common to many population axiologists. On that view, population increases with extra people leading decent lives are axiologically neutral: they make the world neither better nor worse, ceteris paribus. Broome argues that this intuition, however, attractive, cannot be sustained, for several independent reasons. I respond to his criticisms and suggest that the neutrality intuition, if correctly interpreted, can after all be defended.On the version I defend,the world with added extra people at wellbeing levels within the neutrality range is incommensurable in value with the world in which these peaople are absent.
|Keywords||neutrality intuition population ethics incommensurability mere addition paradox Broome, John Value relations utilitarianism critical level utilitarianism|
|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
Wlodek Rabinowicz (2009). Incommensurability and Vagueness. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 83 (1):71-94.
Erik Carlson (2013). Vagueness, Incomparability, and the Collapsing Principle. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):449-463.
Similar books and articles
Stephanie Beardman (2000). The Choice Between Current and Retrospective Evaluations of Pain. Philosophical Psychology 3 (1):97-110.
John Broome (1995). Skorupski on Agent-Neutrality. Utilitas 7 (02):315-.
John Broome (2004). Weighing Lives. Oxford University Press.
Melinda A. Roberts (2003). Is the Person-Affecting Intuition Paradoxical? Theory and Decision 55 (1):1-44.
Toby Handfield (2011). Absent Desires. Utilitas 23 (04):402-427.
Mozaffar Qizilbash (2002). The Mere Addition Paradox, Parity and Critical Level Utilitarianism. School of Economic and Social Studies, University of East Anglia.
Roger Crisp (2007). Neutrality and Pleasure. Economics and Philosophy 23 (1):81-88.
Peter Vallentyne (2009). Broome on Moral Goodness and Population Ethics. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 78 (3):739 - 746.
Mozaffar Qizilbash (2007). The Mere Addition Paradox, Parity and Vagueness. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (1):129–151.
Added to index2009-10-11
Total downloads44 ( #43,944 of 1,413,284 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #67,681 of 1,413,284 )
How can I increase my downloads?