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THE PRIORITY VIEW

THE PRIORITY VIEW Abstract: According to the priority view, or prioritarianism, it matters more to benefit people the worse off they are. But how exactly should the priority view be defined? This article argues for a highly general characterization which essentially involves risk, but makes no use of evaluative measurements or the expected utility axioms. A representation theorem is provided, and when further assumptions are added, common accounts of the priority view are recovered. A defence of the key idea behind the priority view, the priority principle, is provided. But it is argued that the priority view fails on both ethical and conceptual grounds. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Economics & Philosophy Cambridge University Press

THE PRIORITY VIEW

Economics & Philosophy , Volume 33 (2): 43 – Dec 19, 2016

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Cambridge University Press
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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2016 
ISSN
1474-0028
eISSN
0266-2671
DOI
10.1017/S0266267116000225
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Abstract

Abstract: According to the priority view, or prioritarianism, it matters more to benefit people the worse off they are. But how exactly should the priority view be defined? This article argues for a highly general characterization which essentially involves risk, but makes no use of evaluative measurements or the expected utility axioms. A representation theorem is provided, and when further assumptions are added, common accounts of the priority view are recovered. A defence of the key idea behind the priority view, the priority principle, is provided. But it is argued that the priority view fails on both ethical and conceptual grounds.

Journal

Economics & PhilosophyCambridge University Press

Published: Dec 19, 2016

Keywords: Priority view; prioritarianism; egalitarianism; utilitarianism; distribution

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