Unformatted text preview: You should not do something for your own benefit if it harms another person (Golden Rule) • Sometimes you cannot avoid harming someone, you are then required to compensate the victim. Our compensation is indirect, mostly done by government policies (medicare, medic-aide) • To maximize utility (in terms of the theory of Diminishing Marginal Utility) get the person with more of something to give to the person with less • Future people will be richer than we are now • We don’t know exactly what things will be valuable to people in the future • We can give the future people something (like a healthy atmosphere) that benefits both us and them Prioritarianism v. Utilitarianism • Broome is a Utilitarian • Prioritarians believe it is better to give something to the poor rather than give to the rich, for current people. For utilitarians, it does not matter where an increase occurs, an increase is an increase....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course PHIL 448 taught by Professor Powers during the Spring '11 term at University of Delaware.
- Spring '11