Some versions of the number problem have no solution

M.B. Peterson

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This article addresses Taruek’s much discussed Number Problem from a non-consequentialist point of view. I argue that some versions of the Number Problem have no solution, meaning that no alternative is at least as choice-worthy as the others, and that the best way to behave in light of such moral indeterminacy is to let chance make the decision. I contrast my proposal with F M Kamm’s nonconsequentialist argument for saving the greatest number, the Argument for Best Outcomes, which I argue does not follow from the premises it is based on.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-451
Number of pages13
JournalEthical Theory and Moral Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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