This chapter explains egalitarian priority and how it can be applied to temporal parts of lives. It argues that a view based on priority escapes the objections against applying equality to temporal parts of lives. The priority view was developed by Temkin and Parfit. Unlike equality, egalitarian priority is not a relative or comparative value. It is concerned with improving lives of low quality, not with changing the relationship between these lives and other lives. Its basic claim is that the value of a benefit depends, in part, on the quality of the life of the person who receives it.
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