ideal-regarding principle

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A distinction was drawn by Brian Barry between ideal‐regarding and want‐regarding principles employed in political argument. A want‐regarding principle takes into account all the wants persons happen to have. An ideal‐regarding principle is selective about those wants: for example, it might aim to exclude consideration of those wants which persons have, the fulfilment of which would be inimical to their welfare. There are, of course, many different ‘ideals’ which would license such selectivity.


Subjects: Politics.

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