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Why It Matters That Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument against the Priority View


  • We are grateful to Arthur Applbaum, Alexander Barker, Ken Binmore, Johan Brännmark, Boudewijn de Bruin, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, G. A. Cohen, Nir Eyal, Brian Feltham, Marc Fleurbaey, Alon Harel, Nils Holtug, Annabelle Lever, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Véronique Munoz-Dardé, Erik Nord, Derek Parfit, Ingmar Persson, Wlodek Rabinowicz, Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen, Carlos Soto, Katie Steele, Peter Vallentyne, Ralph Wedgwood, Andrew Williams, Michael J. Zimmerman, and the Editors of Philosophy & Public Affairs for their comments. This article was presented to audiences at All Souls College, Erasmus University, the Free University of Amsterdam, Harvard University, LSE, Lund University, the Université de Montréal, Rutgers University, UCL, and the Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Manchester, Pittsburgh, Warwick, and York. We are grateful to those present for their comments. Alex Voorhoeve's work was aided by a British Academy Small Research Grant for the project “Rational Choice and Moral Decision-Making,” and Michael Otsuka's was supported by an AHRC Research Grant on the Ethics of Risk.