It doesn’t add up: The Organicity Charge against CBA
Universität Bayreuth, DE
I want to thank Donal Khosrowi for inspiring discussions and helpful comments on earlier versions of this paper.
MA Philosophy & Economics student at (2012-2014). He also holds a BA degree in Philosophy & Economics. His main areas of interest concern questions about moral and rational agency. He hopes to continue research in these areas on PhD level in the future.
This paper defends cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and utilitarianism against the organicity charge. The organicity charge says that, since moral value is organic rather than atomistic, CBA as a utilitarian, atomistic procedure has to be rejected as the proper means to approach moral decisions. However, this rejection, it is argued, rests on a mischaracterisation of CBA and utilitarianism for it imputes naïve atomism about value to the two. This paper argues that more sophisticated versions of utilitarianism and CBA do not assume naïve atomism about moral value and, hence, are the proper means to approach moral decisions.
How to Cite:
Grohmann, T., 2014. It doesn’t add up: The Organicity Charge against CBA. Rerum Causae, 6(1), pp.103–116.