Well-Being as the Object of Moral Consideration

Economics and Philosophy 14 (2):249 (1998)
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The proposal I offer attempts to remedy the inadequacies of exclusive focus on well-being for moral purposes. The proposal is this: We should allow the agent to decide for herself where she wants to throw the weight that is her due in moral reflection, with the proviso that she understands the way that her weight will be aggregated with others in reaching a moral outcome. I will call this the "autonomy principle." The autonomy principle, I claim, provides the consequentialist's best prospect for taking people into account morally in a way that they endorse

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David Sobel
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