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Spinning the Wheel or Tossing a Coin?




In the literature on the so-called numbers problem, some authors have recently argued that the individualist lottery (IL) avoids the flaws of the proportional lottery. This article first presents two recent defenses of the IL, and then argues that both are implausible if we focus, as we should, strictly on their non-consequentialist aspects. This conclusion holds even if we take account of the fact that the IL is arguably that solution to the numbers problem which best meets the marginal difference criterion. The upshot is that non-consequentialists should toss a coin rather than spin a wheel in conflict cases (if and when they must do either).

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  • Huseby, Robert, 2011. "Spinning the Wheel or Tossing a Coin?," Utilitas, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(02), pages 127-139, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:utilit:v:23:y:2011:i:02:p:127-139_00

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