On Anderson Woods's 'The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number'

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Michael Pressman

Research Fellow at the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Anderson Woods’s “The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number” is a philosophical work that should not be forgotten. Woods’s article, which presents a theory at the intersection of ethics and personal identity, is important for various reasons, two of which will be discussed here. First, it makes arguments that substantially predate similar arguments made by many ethicists over half a century later. Second, Woods’s framework has important implications — though seemingly unnoticed implications — for recent debates in population ethics. As such, Woods’s article undoubtedly has lasting significance.

Suggested Citation

Pressman, Michael, On Anderson Woods's 'The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number' (2015). Ethics, Vol. 125, No. 2, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3064187

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Research Fellow at the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law

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