How to adjust utility for desert
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It is better when people get what they deserve. So we need an axiology according to which the intrinsic value of a possible world is a function of both how well-off and how deserving the people in that world are. But how should these ‘desert-adjusted’ values of possible worlds be calculated? It is easy to come up with some qualitative ideas. But these qualitative ideas leave us with an embarrassment of riches: too many quantitative functions that implement those qualitative ideas. In this paper I will select one of these quantitative functions and defend its superiority.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
Australasian Journal of Philosophy
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Skow, Bradford. “How to Adjust Utility for Desert.” Australasian Journal of Philosophy 90.2 (2012): 235–257.
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