Critical-Level Population Principles and the Repugnant Conclusion
Series/Report no.Cahier de recherche #2002-15
Critical-level generalized-utilitarian population principles with positive critical levels pro-vide an ethically attractive way of avoiding the repugnant conclusion. We discuss the axiomatic foundations of critical-level generalized utilitarianism and investigate its rela-tionship to the sadistic and strong sadistic conclusions. A positive critical level avoids the repugnant conclusion. We demonstrate that, although no critical-level generalized-utilitarian principle can avoid both the repugnant and strong sadistic conclusions, princi-ples that avoid both have significant defects.
BLACKORBY, Charles, BOSSERT, Walter et DONALDSON, David, «Critical-Level Population Principles and the Repugnant Conclusion», Cahier de recherche #2002-15, Département de sciences économiques, Université de Montréal, 2002, 14 pages.