Chapter

Variation

Shelly Kagan

in The Geometry of Desert

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895595
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895595.003.0010
Variation

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This chapter examines different forms of variation. It first studies the concept of comparative bell motion, which features comparative desert lines that have various orientations. It then discusses comparative skylines that result from disregarding all points of the comparative desert lines except for the peaks, and considering the line that is composed of only the peaks. The next section looks at variation in the amount of good carried out when comparative desert is satisfied, which may depend on the moral significance of the people involved and not on the size of the gap in what is absolutely deserved. It also identifies two ways where certain comparative desert lines might differ. This chapter ends with a discussion of what might happen if only one feature of desert lines is accepted, and introduces the act of sliding up.

Keywords: forms of variation; comparative bell motion; comparative skylines; peaks; amount of good; moral significance; size of gap; sliding up

Chapter.  22026 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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