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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''.
 
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''.
  
Utilitarianism comes in different variants. For example, unlike standard [[Wikipedia:Total utilitarianism|total utilitarianism]], [[Wikipedia:Average utilitarianism|average utilitarianism]] values the ''average'' utility among a group's members.
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Utilitarianism comes in different variants. For example, unlike standard [[Wikipedia:Total utilitarianism|total utilitarianism]], [[Wikipedia:Average utilitarianism|average utilitarianism]] values the ''average'' utility among a group's members. [[Wikipedia:utilitarianism#Negative_utilitarianism|Negative utilitarianism]] seeks only to minimize suffering, and is often discussed for its extreme implications.  
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==

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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.

Utilitarianism comes in different variants. For example, unlike standard total utilitarianism, average utilitarianism values the average utility among a group's members. Negative utilitarianism seeks only to minimize suffering, and is often discussed for its extreme implications.

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