Priority or equality for possible people?

Alex Voorhoeve, Marc Fleurbaey

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Suppose that you must make choices that may influence the well-being and the identities of the people who will exist, though not the number of people who will exist. How ought you to choose? This article answers this question. It argues that the currency of distributive ethics in such cases is a combination of an individual’s final well-being and her expected well-being conditional on her existence. It also argues that this currency should be distributed in an egalitarian, rather than a prioritarian, manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)929-954
Number of pages26
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


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