Utility monsters for the fission age

Briggs, Rachael and Nolan, Daniel (2015) Utility monsters for the fission age. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 96 3: 392-407. doi:10.1111/papq.12079

Author Briggs, Rachael
Nolan, Daniel
Title Utility monsters for the fission age
Journal name Pacific Philosophical Quarterly   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0279-0750
Publication date 2015-09-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/papq.12079
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 96
Issue 3
Start page 392
End page 407
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract One of the standard approaches to the metaphysics of personal identity has some counter-intuitive ethical consequences when combined with maximising consequentialism and a plausible (though not uncontroversial) doctrine about aggregation of consequences. This metaphysical doctrine is the so-called ‘multiple occupancy’ approach to puzzles about fission and fusion. It gives rise to a new version of the ‘utility monster’ problem, particularly difficult problems about infinite utility, and a new version of a Parfit-style ‘repugnant conclusion’. While the article focuses on maximising consequentialism for simplicity, the problems demonstrated apply more widely to a range of ethical views, especially flavours of consequentialism. This article demonstrates how these problems arise, and discusses a number of options available in the light of these problems for a consequentialist tempted by a multiple occupancy metaphysics.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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