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Broome and the Intuition of Neutrality

Rabinowicz, Wlodek LU (2009) In Philosophical Issues 11. p.389-411
Abstract
In “Weighing Lives” (2004) John Broome criticizes a view common to many population axiologists. This is the view that population increases with extra people leading decent lives are axiologically neutral: they make the world neither better nor worse, ceteris paribus. Broome argues that this intuition, however, attractive, cannot be sustained, for several independent reasons. I respond to his criticisms and suggest that the neutrality intuition, if correctly interpreted, can after all be defended.
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  author       = {Rabinowicz, Wlodek},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {389--411},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Philosophical Issues},
  title        = {Broome and the Intuition of Neutrality},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2009},
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