Tagarchief: utilitarianism

Dual moral theory

Morality always involves two parties: the perpetrator versus the victim, the helper versus the beneficiary, the rights-holder versus the duty-bearer, the moral agent versus the moral patient, or most generally: the decision-makers versus the affected people. Due to the two … Lees verder

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My top ideas of 2021

It is time to look back at 2021, to see what are my most important new insights. My two top picks for this year are both within moral philosophy. Interestingly, those two ideas have the same underlying structure. They both … Lees verder

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The two intrinsic rights that restrict utilitarianism

A more elaborate article about the new theory of complaint-free discounted utilitarianism, which includes everyone having a right to discount utilities of others as long as that does not generate valid complaints, can be read here. Let us start with … Lees verder

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Some solutions to utilitarian problems

I have recently written a series of articles about problems in utilitarian ethics that are relevant for effective altruism. A first article describes why I became a utilitarian and what kind of utilitarianism I support (i.e. preference, rule, variable critical … Lees verder

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On the interpersonal comparison of well-being, part 2

In a previous article I discussed the possibility of comparing the levels of well-being between different individuals. This is a crucial problem if we want to compare levels of suffering and happiness between different animals such as humans, insects, fish … Lees verder

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On the interpersonal comparability of well-being

This is a simplified, introductory text to ‘Why I became a utilitarian’ and ‘Variable critical level utilitarianism’. For a follow up, see ‘On the interpersonal comparability of well-being, part 2‘   The problem of interpersonal comparability Is your feeling of … Lees verder

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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 just-noticeable difference normalized self-determined relative utilities) avoids … Lees verder

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