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Ethical negative-utilitarianism is a value system which challenges the moral symmetry of pleasure and pain. It doesn't deny the value of increasing the happiness of the already happy. Yet it attaches value in a distinctively moral sense of the term only to actions which tend to minimize or eliminate suffering. It is counter-intuitive, not least insofar as the doctrine entails that from a purely ethical perspective it wouldn't matter if nothing at all had existed or everything ceased to exist. No inherent moral value is attached to pleasure or pleasant states. Indeed, if the option were humanly available, the logic of the position morally obligates bringing the world to an end were this the only way to eliminate the suffering endemic to it. 
Following through the logical implications of this seemingly bizarre and perverse perspective is clearly not for the faint-hearted. Negative utilitarianism nonetheless stems, not from sublimated self-hatred or a nihilistic death-wish, but from a deep sense of compassion at the unimaginable scale and dreadful intensity of suffering in the world. 
—David Pearce, Why Be Negative?

ANIMAL ETHICS

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EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM


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REJECTIONISM

UTILITARIANISM

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NEGATIVE UTILITARIANISM

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Authors and Critics
Simon Knutsson
Toby Ord
David Pearce
Brian Tomasik
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APPENDIX II: TOPICS

Altruism / Egoism

Economics / Game Theory

Evolutionary Psychology / Sociobiology

Futurism / Transhumanism

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APPENDIX III: THINKERS

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