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PARFITS "PARADOX DER BLOSSEN HINZUFÜGUNG": ANSTOSS FÜR EINE UNTYPISCHE VERSION DES UTILITARISMUS

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Abstract:

Parfit's Mere Addition Paradox seems to show that we must give up one of three very plausible beliefs about the relative goodness of certain outcomes, which would put a strong damper on our hopes of finding an acceptable theory of benevolence dealing with issues of procreation. I shall argue that such a result can be avoided if we challenge some basic assumptions about moral reasoning which underlie Parfit's argument. An alternative account of the nature of moral reasoning will be given, and a non-standard version of Utilitarianism capable of solving the Paradox will be developed and defended.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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