preference satisfaction utilitarianism
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Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism

Our next moral theory is Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism, which is also a consequentialist moral theory. It is similar to Act utilitarianism but holds a few differences as well, and is a much newer theory.

  • What is Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism?
  • How does it differ to Act Utilitarianism?
  • What are the problems it has?
  • What things should be valued even if they are not by an individual?
  • What is the problem with words like should?
  • What do we mean by should in this context?

Further Reading
Wikipedia: ‘Preference utilitarianism’
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Preferences [6.Preference and Welfare]’
Baber, H. E. (2007) ‘Adaptive preference’, Social Theory and Practice, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 105–26
Hausman, D. M. and McPherson, M. S. (2009) ‘Preference Satisfaction and Welfare Economics’, Economics and Philososphy, Vol. 25, pp. 1-25
Oesterheld, C. (2016) ‘Formalizing preference utilitarianism in physical world models’, Synthese, Vol. 193, pp. 2757-2759