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Article: Utilitarianism and prioritarianism II

TitleUtilitarianism and prioritarianism II
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=EAP
Citation
Economics and Philosophy, 2008, v. 24 n. 1, p. 1-33 How to Cite?
AbstractThe priority view has become very popular in moral philosophy, but there is a serious question about how it should be formalized. The most natural formalization leads to ex post prioritarianism, which results from adding expected utility theory to the main ideas of the priority view. But ex post prioritarianism entails a claim which is too implausible for it to be a serious competitor to utilitarianism. In fact, ex post prioritarianism was probably never a genuine alternative to utilitarianism in the first place. By contrast, ex ante prioritarianism is defensible. But its motivation is very different from the usual rationales offered for the priority view. Given the untenability of ex post prioritarianism, it is more natural for most friends of the priority view to revert to utilitarianism.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176497
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dc.contributor.authorMcCarthy, D-
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-27T06:41:54Z-
dc.date.available2012-11-27T06:41:54Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationEconomics and Philosophy, 2008, v. 24 n. 1, p. 1-33-
dc.identifier.issn0266-2671-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176497-
dc.description.abstractThe priority view has become very popular in moral philosophy, but there is a serious question about how it should be formalized. The most natural formalization leads to ex post prioritarianism, which results from adding expected utility theory to the main ideas of the priority view. But ex post prioritarianism entails a claim which is too implausible for it to be a serious competitor to utilitarianism. In fact, ex post prioritarianism was probably never a genuine alternative to utilitarianism in the first place. By contrast, ex ante prioritarianism is defensible. But its motivation is very different from the usual rationales offered for the priority view. Given the untenability of ex post prioritarianism, it is more natural for most friends of the priority view to revert to utilitarianism.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherCambridge University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=EAP-
dc.relation.ispartofEconomics and Philosophy-
dc.rightsEconomics and Philosophy. Copyright © Cambridge University Press.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleUtilitarianism and prioritarianism IIen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailMcCarthy, D: mccarthy@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S026626710800165X-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-43949139934-
dc.identifier.volume24-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage1-
dc.identifier.epage33-
dc.identifier.eissn1474-0028-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000259750900001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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