Tricky Intuitions

Keywords: ethics, moral theories, moral intuitions, human values


This article is a critical discussion of the book Setting Health-Care Priorities by Torbjörn Tännsjö. This critique targets mainly Tännsjö’s method, but also several unjustified conclusions and some implicit assumptions.


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