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Weighing Lives

John Broome


People are often faced with decisions that involve weighing the lives of some people against the lives of others, or weighing lives against other goods. This book aims to develop a moral theory that can help with making these practical decisions. It is a theory of value, which includes an account of how good it is to extend a person’s life, and also an account of how good it is to have new lives in the world — of the value of adding a new person to the world’s population. It is a theory about the aggregation of people’s wellbeing: of how the wellbeing that comes to a person at different times ... More

Keywords: life, population, wellbeing, utilitarianism, moral theory, theory of value, extending life, saving lives, neutrality intuition, population ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005 DOI:10.1093/019924376X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Broome, author
White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford
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