New inconsistencies in infinite utilitarianism

[bibtex key=FishkindHamkinsMontero2002:NewInconsistencies]

In the context of worlds with infinitely many bearers of utility, we argue that several collections of natural Utilitarian principles–principles which are certainly true in the classical finite Utilitarian context and which any Utilitarian would find appealing–are inconsistent.

Barbara Gail Montero

With infinite utility, more needn’t be better

[bibtex key=HamkinsMontero2000:MoreBetter]

Barbara Gail Montero

Utilitarianism in infinite worlds

[bibtex key=HamkinsMontero2000:InfiniteWorlds]

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