Priority or Equality for Possible People?

Ethics 126 (4):929-954 (2016)
Alex Voorhoeve
London School of Economics
Suppose that you must make choices that may influence the well-being and the identities of the people who will exist, though not the number of people who will exist. How ought you to choose? This paper answers this question. It argues that the currency of distributive ethics in such cases is a combination of an individual’s final well-being and her expected well-being conditional on her existence. It also argues that this currency should be distributed in an egalitarian, rather than a prioritarian, manner.
Keywords Egalitarianism  Prioritarianism  Risk  Population ethics
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DOI 10.1086/686000
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