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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198249085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019824908X.001.0001

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The Mere Addition Paradox

The Mere Addition Paradox

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Reasons and Persons

Derek Parfit (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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