The no-best action counter-examples to McMahan's asymmetries

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to introduce counter-examples both to McMahan’s Asymmetry (1981), and to his proposed solution to the Asymmetry, the Weak Asymmetry (2009). These counter-examples involve cases in which there is no-best action for an agent to perform, because of the availability of an infinite number of increasingly better actions. Consequently, one might employ these counter-examples to argue against the Asymmetry from the possibility of such cases, or against the possibility of such cases from the Asymmetry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-624
Number of pages1
JournalEthical Perspectives: journal of the European Ethics Network
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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