Intuitions about large number cases

Analysis 73 (1):37-46 (2013)
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Is there some large number of very mild hangnail pains, each experienced by a separate person, which would be worse than two years of excruciating torture, experienced by a single person? Many people have the intuition that the answer to this question is No. However, a host of philosophers have argued that, because we have no intuitive grasp of very large numbers, we should not trust such intuitions. I argue that there is decent intuitive support for the No answer, which does not depend on our intuitively grasping or imagining very large numbers
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In Defence of Repugnance.Michael Huemer - 2008 - Mind 117 (468):899-933.

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Spectrum Arguments and Hypersensitivity.Theron Gene Pummer - 2018 - Philosophical Studies 175 (7):1729-1744.

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