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Population axiology and the possibility of a fourth category of absolute value
Economics and Philosophy
Critical-Range Utilitarianism is a variant of Total Utilitarianism which can avoid both the Repugnant Conclusion and the Sadistic Conclusion in population ethics. Yet Standard Critical-Range Utilitarianism entails the Weak Sadistic Conclusion, that is, it entails that each population consisting of lives at a bad well-being level is not worse than some population consisting of lives at a good well-being level. In this paper, I defend a version of Critical-Range Utilitarianism which does notdoi:10.1017/s0266267119000087 fatcat:7itjueprsrbxdch3bn6rdbqhr4