Betterness, Spectrum Cases and the Challenge to Transitivity in Axiology

Diacritica 25:125-137 (2011)

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Oscar Horta
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Abstract
Larry Temkin and Stuart Rachels have argued that the “_ is better than _” relation need not be transitive. In support of this claim, they have presented several spectrum cases towards which our actual preferences appear not to be transitive. In this paper I examine one of them, and explain that there are several solutions we may give to the problem of what is the best global option within the spectrum. I point out that these solutions do not depend on whether we reject or accept the transitivity of the “_ is better than _” relation. This reduces the strength of the challenge that spectrum cases pose to transitivity in axiology.
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