• Against Maximizing Act-Consequentialism 

    Vallentyne, Peter (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006-02)
    Maximizing act consequentialism holds that actions are morally permissible if and only if they maximize the value of consequences—if and only if, that is, no alternative action in the given choice situation has more valuable ...
  • Broome on Moral Goodness and Population Ethics 

    Vallentyne, Peter (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)
    In an earlier book, Weighing Goods , John Broome gave a sophisticated defense of utilitarianism for the cases involving a fixed population. In the present book, Weighing Lives, he extends this defense to variable population ...
  • Consequentialism 

    Vallentyne, Peter (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006-11)
    The three main general approaches to moral theory are consequentialism, deontology, and virtue theory. I shall describe and assess consequentialism. First, however, I shall make a few background remarks on morality.
  • Distributive Justice 

    Vallentyne, Peter (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007)
    In general, I shall focus on justice as what we morally owe each other. I shall therefore briefly elaborate on this concept of justice. As long as rights are understood very broadly as—perhaps pro tanto and highly ...
  • Infinite Utilitarianism: More Is Always Better 

    Vallentyne, Peter; Lauwers, Luc (Cambridge University Press, 2004-10)
    We address the question of how finitely additive moral value theories (such as utilitarianism) should rank worlds when there are an infinite number of locations of value (people, times, etc.). In a recent contribution, ...
  • Infinite Utility and Temporal Neutrality 

    Vallentyne, Peter (Cambridge University Press, 1994-06)
    Suppose that time is infinitely long towards the future, and that each feasible action produces a finite amount of utility at each time. Then, under appropriate conditions, each action produces an infinite amount of ...
  • On the possibility of nonaggregative priority for the worst off. 

    Fleurbaey, Marc; Tungodden, Bertil; Vallentyne, Peter (Cambridge University Press, 2008-11)
    We shall focus on moral theories that are solely concerned with promoting the benefits (e.g., well-being) of individuals and shall explore the possibility of such theories' ascribing some priority to benefits to those who ...
  • Person-Affecting Paretian Egalitarianism with Variable Population Size 

    Tungodden, Bertil; Vallentyne, Peter (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007-12)
    Where there is a fixed population (i.e., who exists does not depend on what choice an agent makes), the deontic version of anonymous Paretian egalitarianism holds that an option is just if and only if (1) it is anonymously ...