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Title:

Repugnancy, Marginalism, Transitivity, and Population Ethics

Creator:

Wiśniewski, Jakub Bożydar

Subject and Keywords:

Repugnant Conclusion ; population ethics ; axiom of transitivity ; diminishing marginal utility

Description:

Od 2013 pt.: Ekonomia - Wroclaw Economic Review

Abstract:

This paper attempts to build upon the “marginalist” solutions to various puzzles in the area of population ethics, including the so-called Repugnant Conclusion (seen as a major obstacle to the viability of the Total Utility Principle), the Ecstatic Psychopath Scenario (seen as a major obstacle to the viability of the Average Utility Principle) and the Negative Repugnant Conclusion. After rejecting the suggestion that the above puzzles should be resolved by abandoning the axiom of transitivity, I argue that the solution lies in the principle of diminishing marginal utility, whose effects apply not only to every individual added to any given population, but, even more importantly, also to the already existing members of that population

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Date issued:

2015

Identifier:

ISSN 2084-4093

Language:

eng

Relation:

Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661 ; no 3712. Ekonomia, ISSN 2084-4093 ; 21/3, s. 21-37

Is version of:

Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

Rights holder:

© Copyright by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego Sp. z o.o., Wrocław 2015

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