Talk:Prioritarianism

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Jim and Pam[edit]

I don't think the Jim and Pam story from the first paragraph is a very good example. We should probably compare giving $10,000 to Pam vs. giving $10,000,000 to Jim. Dragice (talk) 20:08, 1 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't think it's true that Larry Temkin coined the term 'prioritarian'. I don't know when he's supposed to have used it first, but there should at least be a citation!129.67.120.187 (talk) 11:09, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Unless an authoritative prioritarianist source can be given for the example, it should be removed, as it is not good. First, in a two-person society, money would be a different tool than it usually is, hence we should not rely on the reader’s intuitions about its value; second, Pam’s getting any amount of money would not necessarily better his situation, as Jim may rise any prices involved in their transactions, and there is nobody else for Pam to make transactions with. The whole example is based on the wrong assumption that money has intrinsic value. Maybe replacing money with real goods would make the example good. Or making Jim a numismatist ;) . Finally, if someone has something to give to either Jim or Pam, then that society has a third member, no matter how distant. Palpalpalpal (talk) 10:14, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Sounds familiar....[edit]

This sounds an awful lot like the philo counterpart to welfare economics.... No mention? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.68.20.218 (talk) 21:43, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

Larry Temkin[edit]

See above under Jim and Pam. 129.67.120.187 (talk) 11:10, 26 October 2011 (UTC)