Broome and the Intuition of Neutrality

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In “Weighing Lives” (2004) John Broome criticizes a view common to many population axiologists. This is the view that population increases with extra people leading decent lives are axiologically neutral: they make the world neither better nor worse, ceteris paribus. Broome argues that this intuition, however, attractive, cannot be sustained, for several independent reasons. I respond to his criticisms and suggest that the neutrality intuition, if correctly interpreted, can after all be defended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-411
JournalPhilosophical Issues
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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