Utilitarianism in infinite worlds

  • [DOI] J. D. Hamkins and B. Montero, “Utilitarianism in infinite worlds,” Utilitas, vol. 12, iss. 1, p. 91–96, 2000.
    author = {Joel David Hamkins and Barbara Montero},
    title = {Utilitarianism in infinite worlds},
    journal = {Utilitas},
    volume = {12},
    number = {1},
    year = {2000},
    pages = {91--96},
    url = {http://jdh.hamkins.org/infiniteworlds},
    doi = {10.1017/S0953820800002648},

Recently in the philosophical literature there has been some effort made to understand the proper application of the theory of utilitarianism to worlds in which there are infinitely many bearers of utility. Here, we point out that one of the best, most inclusive principles proposed to date contradicts fundamental utilitarian ideas, such as the idea that adding more utility makes a better world.

Barbara Gail Montero

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