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Parfit und die Relevanztheorie von Schäden

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Other publication (non peer-review)
Author ViehoffJuri,
Project The Anatomy of Systemic Financial Risk: Combining Ethical, Political and Economic Dimensions for Public Policy
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Other publication (non peer-review)

Book Parfit und die Relevanztheorie von Schäden
Publisher SSRN, New York
Page(s) 1 - 25
Title of proceedings SSRN Electronic Journal

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


The philosophical aim of the Anatomy of Systemic Financial Risk project is to develop a principled non-consequentialist approach to the ethics of risk imposition. This paper advances this aim by defending one aspect of such a non-consequentialist view, namely a principle of limited aggregation called “aggregate relevant harms” (ARH) against three recent criticisms by Derek Parfit. Sections 1 and 2 present ARH and explains its significance in the application of non-consequentialist (especially contractualist) ethical theories to broader social phenomena, including social risk. Section 3 presents recent criticisms by Derek Parfit of ARH. Sections 4 through 6 rebut Parfit’s arguments. Section 7 concludes.