Prioritarianism and the Levelling Down Objection

Thomas Porter

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I discuss Ingmar Persson's recent argument that the Levelling Down Objection could be worse for prioritarians than for egalitarians. Persson's argument depends upon the claim that indifference to changes in the average prioritarian value of benefits implies indifference to changes in the overall prioritarian value of a state of affairs. As I show, however, sensible conceptions of prioritarianism have no such implication. Therefore prioritarians have nothing to fear from the Levelling Down Objection. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-206
Number of pages9
JournalEthical theory and Moral Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011


  • Equality
  • Levelling down objection
  • Parfit
  • Persson
  • Prioritarianism
  • Priority view


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