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PHIL 1200 Lecture 53: Lecture 53

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University of Manitoba
PHIL 1200
David R.Hampton

lD82R This is what Rawls points at when discussing the maximin rule. What does this rule say? When facing a number of options that give different outcomes under different conditions (e.g. how much money one makes according to how well they do on an employment test), pick the one with the best worst outcome. “The maximin [short for maximum minimorum] rule tells us to rank alternatives by their worst possible outcomes: we are to adopt the alternative the worst outcome of which is superior to the worst outcomes of others.” Thomas Hobbes ~ Leviathan Ancient and Modern Conceptions of Happiness Ancient (Aristotelian) view of happiness: Happiness is not a momentary and fleeting peasant sensation (being happy is not feeling happy) Rather, it is a continuous sense of flourishing and self-fulfillment This sense can exist both in the life of activity andthe life of study, although the latter is the happiest, most stable, and most
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