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Average utilitarianism implies solipsistic egoism

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Average utilitarianism and several related axiologies, when paired with the standard expectational theory of decision-making under risk and with reasonable empirical credences, can find their practical prescriptions overwhelmingly determined by the minuscule probability that the agent assigns to solipsism—that is, to the hypothesis that there is only one welfare subject in the world, namely, herself. This either (i) constitutes a reductio of these axiologies, (ii) suggests that they...

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10.1080/00048402.2021.1962375

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
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Author
ORCID:
0000-0002-6324-7145
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis Publisher's website
Journal:
Australasian Journal of Philosophy Journal website
Publication date:
2021-09-26
Acceptance date:
2021-07-15
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1471-6828
ISSN:
0004-8402
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English
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1200134
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pubs:1200134
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2021-10-16

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