Unformatted text preview: misery. Similarly, it may be better to perform action C, enhancing deserving person Y’s happiness more than others, but not because happiness in Y has a greater positive value than it does in others (rather, it will because Y has done something to merit unequal treatment, or because that unequal treatment will indirectly involve an increase of the general happiness. Failure to mark this distinction, I believe, is the main source of reluctance to accept our “default assumption”, that no one’s happiness is any more or any less important than anyone else’s, that everyone’s happiness should get equal consideration....
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- Fall '08
- Equivalence relation, Equivalent Happiness