Everett, Lotteries and Fairness

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Abstract

Defenders of the Everettian version of quantum mechanics generally hold that it makes no difference to what we ought to do. This paper will argue against this stance, by considering the use of lotteries to select the recipients of indivisible goods. On orthodox non-Everettian metaphysics this practice faces the objection that only actual and not probable goods matter to distributive justice. However, this objection loses all force within Everettianism. This result should be of interest to both philosophers of physics and to ethicists.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalThought: A journal of philosophy
Early online date1 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • Everettian quantum mechanics
  • Lotteries
  • Fairness

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