Utilitarian Set Up :)

Ian Goddard (igoddard@netkonnect.net)
Tue, 26 May 1998 00:38:08 -0400

At 04:06 PM 5/25/98 -0400, Daniel Fabulich wrote:

>As to whether the intersection of M and non-aggression (NA) is entirely
>within U, we have another thought experiment, this one orginally from
>David Friedman. Suppose you had a madman on the loose, who will kill
>hundreds of people unless you shoot him immediately. Unfortunately, you
>do not own a gun; but MY gun could be easily stolen and used to save the
>people. I am not aruond, but I have mde it explicitly clear that I want
>no one to use my gun no matter how important the cause.
>Utilitarianism will steal the gun and save the people, then repay the gun
>owner in whatever way possible; M U NA would not aggress against the gun

IAN: I believe that we could say that L (libertarianism)
is the intersection of U (utilitarianism) and M (me first),
as such (using squares to define sets rather than circles):

U | ___|___
| | | | M
| | L | |
| | | |
| ----|----

Some of M is outside L and U, and some of U is out-
side L, as you note above. So I think this is it. ?

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