Utilitas

Research Article

The Priority View Bites the Dust?

ANDREW WILLIAMSa1

a1 Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona andrew.williams@icrea.cat

Abstract

This article distinguishes between a telic and a deontic version of Derek Parfit's influential Priority View. Employing the distinction, it shows that the existence of variations in how intrapersonal and interpersonal conflicts should be resolved fails to provide a compelling case in favour of relational egalitarianism and against all pure versions of the Priority View. In addition, the article argues that those variations are better understood as providing counterevidence to certain distribution-sensitive versions of consequentialism.