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Larry S. Temkin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759446.001.0001

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On the Separateness of Individuals, Compensation, and Aggregation within Lives

On the Separateness of Individuals, Compensation, and Aggregation within Lives

(p.96) 4 On the Separateness of Individuals, Compensation, and Aggregation within Lives
Rethinking the Good

Larry S. Temkin

Oxford University Press

Chapters 2 and 3 dealt with aggregation and problems about trade-offs between lives. This chapter argues that similar issues arise regarding aggregation and trade-offs within lives. Intrapersonal problems about aggregation have been less widely recognized than their interpersonal counterparts, and they are perhaps of less practical significance. However, they raise similar theoretical questions that are deeply problematic. The chapter begins by commenting on two related factors that have obscured the fact that there are problems about aggregation within lives: the separateness of individuals, and the possibility of compensation within a life, but not between lives. It then considers various reasons to reject a simple additive-aggregationist approach for measuring the goodness of an individual life. The considerations presented here will help with understanding Chapter 5, where problems about trade-off s within lives are discussed.

Keywords:   aggregation, trade-offs, lives, intrapersonal problems

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