An ordinal modification of classical utilitarianism

  title={An ordinal modification of classical utilitarianism},
  author={Joseph Mendola},
  • J. Mendola
  • Published 1 July 1990
  • Philosophy
  • Erkenntnis
Classical utilitarianism holds that moral assessment ought to be rooted in a determination of the value of states of the world, and that the value of such a state is the sum of excess pleasure over pain that it contains.1 The view has, in pleasure and pain, a clear and intuitive account of what might ground the truth of ethical propositions, but it is subject to a number of persuasive objections. Two of these are related: Classical utilitarianism is notoriously insensitive to the distribu? tion… 
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