(refutation of disagreement with 2. F.)
Refutation of claiming that it is not (as) worthwhile to respect what is worthwhile for all persons:
- If we judge that it is not as worthwhile to act for a being because the being has less "worth," we cannot judge this by an abstract, impersonal standard (see previous argument that we cannot act for impersonal standards, but only for persons).
- As well, we cannot judge what is worthwhile from a single point of view, as though there is one standpoint from which we can speak of what is worthwhile for everybody. Thus we cannot say it is not as worthwhile to consider some persons from a single standpoint. See the logical evaluation of judging from a single vantage point above, especially the fourth, fifth, and sixth of the bullet-points.
- In general, what is worthwhile for a person simply is worthwhile for that being, without qualification. If we account for what is worthwhile for one person by judging it according to the standard of what another being, real or fictional, finds good, then that is irrelevant. It does not account for the good in relation to the person in question, but how it would be judged in the life of someone else.
- Therefore if we consider what is worthwhile for all persons, no one is judged as having a good that is not wholly or by degrees worthwhile.
RETURN TO DISAGREEMENTS WITH PREMISE 2.
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