Rank-Weighted Utilitarianism and the Veil of Ignorance

Ethics (forthcoming)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Lara Buchak argues for a version of rank-weighted utilitarianism that assigns greater weight to the interests of the worse off. She argues that our distributive principles should be derived from the preferences of rational individuals behind a veil of ignorance, who ought to be risk averse. I argue that Buchak’s appeal to the veil of ignorance leads to a particular way of extending rank-weighted utilitarianism to the evaluation of uncertain prospects. This method recommends choices that violate the unanimous preferences of rational individuals and choices that guarantee worse distributions. These results, I suggest, undermine Buchak’s argument for rank-weighted utilitarianism.
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Upload history
First archival date: 2020-02-24
Latest version: 2 (2020-03-24)
View other versions
Added to PP index

Total views
474 ( #9,018 of 51,672 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
474 ( #558 of 51,672 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.