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Parity, imprecise comparability and the repugnant conclusion

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This article explores the main similarities and differences between Derek Parfit's notion of imprecise comparability and a related notion I have proposed of parity. I argue that the main difference between imprecise comparability and parity can be understood by reference to ‘the standard view’. The standard view claims that 1) differences between cardinally ranked items can always be measured by a scale of units of the relevant value, and 2) all rankings proceed in terms of the trichotomy of ...

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10.1111/theo.12096

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Law
Sub department:
Law Faculty
Oxford college:
University College
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-2207-7792
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Theoria More from this journal
Volume:
82
Issue:
2
Pages:
182-214
Publication date:
2016-04-22
Acceptance date:
2016-03-01
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EISSN:
1755-2567
ISSN:
0040-5825
Language:
English
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pubs:977380
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uuid:217adc07-0f90-4980-9d2f-2764fb885639
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pubs:977380
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977380
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2019-03-01

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