Weighing Goods: Equality, Uncertainty and Time

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Basil Blackwell, 1991 - 255 Seiten
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Cover -- Half-Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1. Introduction I: The Structure of Good -- 1.1 Acts versus consequences, and agent relativity -- 1.2 The working of ethical considerations -- 1.3 Teleological structure -- 1.4 Does good exist? -- Notes -- Chapter 2. Introduction II: Weighing Goods -- 2.1 Locations of good, and separability -- 2.2 Three dimensions of locations -- 2.3 Dimensions with varying lengths -- 2.4 What things are good? -- 2.5 An outline of the argument -- Notes -- Chapter 3. Similarity Arguments -- 3.1 Parfit, Section 1 -- 3.2 Parfit, Section 2 -- 3.3 Harsanyi -- Notes -- Chapter 4. The Separability Theorems -- 4.1 Two examples -- 4.2 Definitions and theorems -- 4.3 The significance of additive separability -- 4.4 The rectangular field assumption -- Notes -- Appendix to Chapter 4: Proofs -- Chapter 5. Expected Utility and Rationality -- 5.1 Axiomatic expected utility theory -- 5.2 The sure-thing principle -- 5.3 Individuation of outcomes -- 5.4 Transitivity of preferences -- 5.5 Rational requirements of indifference -- 5.6 Individuation and the sure-thing principle -- 5.7 The dispersion of value amongst states of nature -- 5.8 The rectangular field assumption -- Notes -- Chapter 6. The Coherence of Good -- 6.1 The goodness of uncertain prospects -- 6.2 Betterness and rational preferences -- 6.3 The argument for coherence -- 6.4 Representing betterness by utility -- 6.5 Bernoulli's hypothesis -- Notes -- Chapter 7. Coherence Against the Pareto Principle -- 7.1 The conflict -- 7.2 Two better principles -- 7.3 Welfare economics -- Notes -- Chapter 8. The Principle of Personal Good -- 8.1 Qualifications -- 8.2 The beginning of a defence -- Notes -- Chapter 9. Equality -- 9.1 A utilitarian case for equality -- 9.2 Types of egalitarianism -- 9.3 Equality under uncertainty

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