Chapter

The Mere Addition Paradox

Derek Parfit

in Reasons and Persons

Published in print January 1986 | ISBN: 9780198249085
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019824908X.003.0019
 The Mere Addition Paradox

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Argues whether an outcome could be made worse by the mere addition of extra people who have lives worth living;why we should reject the view that it is best if the average quality of life is as high as possible. It discusses a paradox involving mere addition and the attempted solutions. It also explores new versions of this paradox.

Keywords: elitism; future generations; inequality; maximin; mere addition; transitivity

Chapter.  11055 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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