Tagarchief: well-being

A rational approach to improve worldwide well-being

Abstract The existence of optical illusions demonstrates that our senses cannot always be trusted. But neither can we always trust our intuitions and judgments. There are cognitive biases such as moral illusions: spontaneous, intuitive moral judgments that are very persistent, … Lees verder

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The minimum complaint theory: the strongest moral theory? (Short summary)

The minimum complaint theory states that we should choose the options that generate the least amount of valid complaints. It is probably the strongest ethical theory in the sense that it is most preferred by everyone and is the easiest … 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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Towards a coherent theory of animal equality

See also the e-book (draft) The ethical consistency of animal equality In this article I want to give an overview of how to systematically arrive at a coherent theory of animal equality. The basic structure of the argument is as … Lees verder

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