The Many, the Few, and the Nature of Value

Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 9 (4):70-87 (2022)
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Abstract

John Taurek argues that, in a choice between saving the many or the few, the numbers should not count. Some object that this view clashes with the transitivity of ‘better than’; others insist the clash can be avoided. I defend a middle ground: Taurek cannot have transitivity, but that doesn’t doom his view, given a suitable conception of value. I then formalize and explore two conceptions: one context-sensitive, one multidimensional.

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Daniel Muñoz
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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