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Value Based on Preferences

On Two Interpretations of Preference Utilitarianism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2008

Wlodek Rabinowicz
Lund University
Jan Österberg
Uppsala University


What distinguishes preference utilitarianism (PU) from other utilitarian positions is the axiological component: the view concerning what is intrinsically valuable. According to PU, intrinsic value is based on preferences. Intrinsically valuable states are connected to our preferences (wants, desires) being satisfied.

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