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Persons, Interests, and Justice

Nils Holtug


This is a book on welfare and its importance for distributive justice. Part I is concerned with prudence; more precisely, with what the necessary and sufficient conditions are for having a self‐interest in a particular benefit. It includes discussions of the extent to which self‐interest depends on preferences, personal identity, and what matters in survival. It also considers the issue of whether it can benefit (or harm) a person to come into existence and what the implications are for our theory of self‐interest. A ‘Prudential View’ is defended, according to which a person has a present self ... More

Keywords: prudence, justice, personal identity, what matters, preferences, justice, egalitarianism, prioritarianism, population ethics, badness of death

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580170
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580170.001.0001


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Nils Holtug, author
University of Copenhagen
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