Economics and Philosophy 29 (3):409-425 (2013)

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Alex Voorhoeve
London School of Economics
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In 'Rethinking the Good', Larry Temkin makes two core claims. First, the goodness of a distribution is sometimes ‘essentially comparative’ – it sometimes depends on which alternative distribution(s) it is compared to. Second, such cases threaten the transitivity of ‘all things considered better than’. I argue that the goodness of a distribution may indeed depend on what other distributions are feasible. But contrary to Temkin, I also argue that transitivity holds even when the goodness of a distribution depends on the feasible set of which it is a member.
Keywords Transitivity  Fair distribution  Rational choice theory
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DOI 10.1017/S0266267113000321
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