Intuitions about large number cases

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Abstract

Is there some large number of very mild hangnail pains, each experienced by a separate person, which would be worse than two years of excruciating torture, experienced by a single person? Many people have the intuition that the answer to this question is No. However, a host of philosophers have argued that, because we have no intuitive grasp of very large numbers, we should not trust such intuitions. I argue that there is decent intuitive support for the No answer, which does not depend on our intuitively grasping or imagining very large numbers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
JournalAnalysis
Volume73
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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