Chapter

Some Technical Matters

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.003.0002
 Some Technical Matters

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This chapter presents in a more formal way the problem the book will tackle. It introduces the idea of a betterness ordering for distributions of wellbeing, and describes some of its formal properties. It describes how this ordering can be represented by a value function, which measures the goodness of a distribution. It explains the idea of an ordinal representation.

Keywords: betterness; ordering; value function; representation by a function; goodness; ordinal representation

Chapter.  4323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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