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A moral philosophy that says what matters is the sum of everyone's welfare, or the "greatest good for the greatest number".
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A moral philosophy that says that what matters is the sum of everyone's welfare, or the "greatest good for the greatest number".
  
Not to be confused with maximization of [[utility function|utility]], or [[expected utility]]. If you're a utilitarian, you don't just sum over possible worlds; you sum over ''people''.
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Not to be confused with maximization of [[utility function|utility]], or [[expected utility]]. If you're a utilitarian, you don't just sum over [[possible world]]s; you sum over ''people''.
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More generally, there are other variants of utilitarianism, in particular [[Wikipedia:Average utilitarianism|average utilitarianism]] that values the maximization of the ''average'' utility among a group's members.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[metaethics sequence]]
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* [[shut up and multiply]]
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*[[Metaethics sequence]]
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*[[Shut up and multiply]]
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*[[Game theory]]
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*[[Hedons]], [[Utilons]], [[Fuzzies]]
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/n9/the_intuitions_behind_utilitarianism/ The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/n9/the_intuitions_behind_utilitarianism/ The "Intuitions" Behind "Utilitarianism"]
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A moral philosophy that says that what matters is the sum of everyone's welfare, or the "greatest good for the greatest number".

Not to be confused with maximization of utility, or expected utility. If you're a utilitarian, you don't just sum over possible worlds; you sum over people.

More generally, there are other variants of utilitarianism, in particular average utilitarianism that values the maximization of the average utility among a group's members.

See also

Blog posts