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Absent Desires




What difference does it make to matters of value, for a desire-satisfactionist, if a given desire is absent , rather than present ? I argue that it is most plausible to hold that the state in which a given desire is satisfied is, other things being equal, incommensurate with the state in which that desire does not exist at all. In addition to illustrating the internal attractions of the view, I demonstrate that this idea has attractive implications for population ethics. Finally, I show that the view is not subject to John Broome's ‘greedy neutrality’ worry.

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  • Handfield, Toby, 2011. "Absent Desires," Utilitas, Cambridge University Press, vol. 23(04), pages 402-427, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:utilit:v:23:y:2011:i:04:p:402-427_00

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