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The Preemption Problem
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5820-1145
(English)In: Philosophical Studies, ISSN 0031-8116, E-ISSN 1573-0883Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

According to the standard version of the counterfactual comparative account of harm, an event is overall harmful for an individual if and only if she would have been on balance better off if it had not occurred. This view faces the “preemption problem.” In the recent literature, there are various ingenious attempts to deal with this problem, some of which involve slight additions to, or modifications of, the counterfactual comparative account. We argue, however, that none of these attempts work, and that the preemption problem continues to haunt the counterfactual comparative account.

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Philosophy
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-334580OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-334580DiVA: diva2:1159920
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Harm: The Concept and Its Relevance
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P14-0212:1
Available from: 2017-11-24 Created: 2017-11-24 Last updated: 2017-12-02

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