From separability to unweighted sum: A case for utilitarianism [Book Review]

Theory and Decision 49 (4):299-312 (2000)

Abstract

After reviewing the compelling case for separability (`social welfare is a separable function of individual utilities'), an argument is advanced for utilitarianism (defined as `social welfare is the unweighted sum of individual utilities'). Basically, a compelling individualism-type axiom leads us to (social welfare as an) unweighted sum (of individual utilities), given separability

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