Tagarchief: population ethics

Why I became a utilitarian

Abstract In this article I explain how a specific utilitarian theory (variance normalized variable critical level rule preference utilitarianism that says we have to choose the situation that maximizes the sum of everyone’s variance normalized self-determined relative utilities) avoids and … Lees verder

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Variable critical level utilitarianism as the solution to population ethics

Summary Population ethics is probably the most important area in moral philosophy for effective altruists who want to do the most good. There are some very serious problems in population ethics that relate to crucial considerations about doing the most … Lees verder

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My cause prioritization

Summary The search for the most important causes is essential for an effective altruist who wants to do the most good. Here I present my cause prioritization, starting from a moral theory that deals with problems in population ethics (involving … Lees verder

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The population ethics trilemma

Population ethics and the welfare function Population ethics studies the optimal welfare distributions in situations where the population size is variable or where our choices influence who will exist in the future. The problem of population ethics is that we … Lees verder

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Saving children versus preventing unwanted pregnancies

What should an effective altruist do: save children or prevent unwanted pregnancies? According to the charity evaluator GiveWell, one of the most cost effective health charities is the Against Malaria Foundation. This organization distributes bed nets against malaria. Saving a … Lees verder

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