June 13, 2020
- Ethical theories like utilitarianism rely on being able to aggregate moral harms, but this doesn’t seem entirely obvious to me.
- Should the numbers count? argues against aggregation.
- Is everything a difference in scale or are there differences in kinds?
- I can’t find the quote but I once heard something like ‘no amount of headaches can add up to death’
- Torture vs. Dust Specks LessWrong 2.0
- Can any amount of animal suffering add up to the suffering of a human?
- Can any amount of environmental damage add up to the suffering of a human?
- If we ask the question ‘how much would we pay to prevent X’ we can usually translate everything to a difference in scale.
- Related: People often overlook seemingly minor costs and benefits that aggregate significantly
Updated Jul, 03 2020