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Weighing Lives

John Broome

in Weighing Lives

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780199243761
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019924376X.003.0001
 Weighing Lives

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This chapter presents examples of the practical problem of weighing lives, from medicine, global warming and elsewhere. It also sets out in general terms the theoretical problem that the book will tackle. The problem is to evaluate distributions of wellbeing, in which wellbeing is distributed across people, across time, and (when there is uncertainty) across states of nature.

Keywords: medical decision making; global warming; distribution of wellbeing; uncertainty; aggregation of wellbeing; states of nature

Chapter.  6125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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