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Weighing Lives$
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John Broome

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019924376X.001.0001

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Some Technical Matters

Some Technical Matters

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(p.20) 2 Some Technical Matters
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Weighing Lives
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John Broome (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924376X.003.0002

This chapter presents in a more formal way the problem the book will tackle. It introduces the idea of a betterness ordering for distributions of wellbeing, and describes some of its formal properties. It describes how this ordering can be represented by a value function, which measures the goodness of a distribution. It explains the idea of an ordinal representation.

Keywords:   betterness, ordering, value function, representation by a function, goodness, ordinal representation

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