Value Receptacles

Noûs 49 (2):322-332 (2015)
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Richard Y. Chappell
University of York
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Utilitarianism is often rejected on the grounds that it fails to respect the separateness of persons, instead treating people as mere “receptacles of value”. I develop several different versions of this objection, and argue that, despite their prima facie plausibility, they are all mistaken. Although there are crude forms of utilitarianism that run afoul of these objections, I advance a new form of the view—‘token-pluralistic utilitarianism’—that does not
Keywords Utilitarianism  Separateness of Persons  Value Receptacles  Consequentialism
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DOI 10.1111/nous.12023
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