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Adam Jonsson: A statistical view of the infinite utility debate

Tid: Må 2024-04-22 kl 15.15 - 16.15

Plats: 3721 (Lindstedtsvägen 25)

Medverkande: Adam Jonsson (Luleå University of Technology)

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I will show that, in infinite worlds, the following three assertions are incompatible: 1) Individual spatiotemporal position is morally irrelevant. 2) It is better to bring about a good outcome with a high probability than with a low probability. 3) One act is better than another only if there is a nonzero probability that it brings about a better outcome. I will also explain the implications of this result for the debate about how utilitarianism should deal with infinite sums.