On Anderson Woods's 'The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number'
4 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2017
Date Written: 2015
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.
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