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Taking Stock of Utilitarianism

Utilitas 26 (3):231-249 (2014)

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  1. Sidgwick's Distinction Passage.Robert Shaver - 2020 - Utilitas 32 (4):444-453.
    I suggest that Sidgwick, in his controversial “distinction passage,” has Schopenhauer in mind as someone who denies egoism on the ground that there are no separate individuals. I then reconstruct Sidgwick's argument in the passage. I take him to be defending a presupposition of the case for choosing egoism over utilitarianism. He is claiming that there are separate individuals. I close by rejecting alternative interpretations, on which Sidgwick is arguing directly for egoism.
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