The Multidimensional Structure of ‘better than’

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According to the mixed lexicographic/additive account of ‘better than’ and similar aggregative value comparatives like ‘healthier than’, values are multidimensional and different aspects of a value are aggregated into an overall assessment in a lexicographic way, based on an ordering of value aspects. It is argued that this theory can account for an acceptable definition of Chang’s notion of parity and that it also offers a solution to Temkin’s and Rachels’s Spectrum Cases without giving up the transitivity of overall betterness. Formal details and proofs are provided in an “Appendix”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291–319
Number of pages29
Early online date24 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Axiology
  • Multidimensional better than
  • Parity
  • Spectrum arguments
  • Value relations


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