Deliberating Ethical Utility Distribution in a Populous Society

Deliberating Ethical Utility Distribution in a Populous Society

This paper addresses the mere addition paradox, as outlined in Derek Parfit’s Reasons and Persons (1984). The predicament centers around the fallacious “Repugnant Conclusion” that prevents utilitarian social theorists from discovering a consistent theory of utility distribution. After reviewing how philosophers arrive at the Repugnant Conclusion, this article explores the logical methods to interpret Parfit’s work and the central dilemmas of population ethics.

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