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12/29/2011

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Brendan Saloner

I doubt that the question would have been rescued if the wording was changed from "primarily" to "exclusively," because it's hard to make respondents on a survey understand subtle variations of consequentialism. Perhaps many people on some level believe in revisionistic consequentialism (the kind that says that rights matter, but only instrumentally because they produce the most goodness).

Note also that the religious category gets few votes in Sweden. Here in USA, I think it would be different.

Paul Kelleher

I would definitely be interested to see the results from a question using "exclusively" instead. I also wonder how respondents were influenced by the reference to "natural" rights (as opposed, say, to "individual" rights).

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