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On permutations and equity among generations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Mathematical Science.
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In the literature on intergenerational justice, there is a widely held view that in order to live up to the utilitarian ideal of equal regard for all individuals, including those who have not yet been born, we must impose infinite permutation invariance conditions known as axioms of extended anonymity. I argue that such conditions do not bear relevance to the utilitarian ideal. I do so by showing that all examples that have been used to motivate extended anonymity axioms can be accounted for with an alternative principle that is supported independently.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69319OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-69319DiVA, id: diva2:1216310
Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-06-11 Last updated: 2018-06-11

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