Thursday, February 26, 2009

'equal consideration'

This reading while being shorter than others, was dense in meaning. There was one passage that caught my mind's eye in particular. When discussing how utilitarianism could combat the claim that utilitarianism does not give enough weight to distributive considerations (pg 141). One answer utilitarianism could give is to give priority to those individuals interest that are 'most urgent'. The problem I have with this is that what is most urgent is entirely circumstantial and subjective. Even if we could get past these two large problems we still are left with the sheer problem of logistically doing what is 'most urgent'. Lastly, I feel murky about what the author's intent of this piece was and seek others thoughts?

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