Masashi Takeshita

@ Hokkaido University
6 karmaJoined Pursuing a doctoral degree (e.g. PhD)


Thank you, Fai. I'm Masashi. Long time no see!

Instead of Hayate, I answer your question (I have collaborative research on EA with him).

Do you remember our discussion on this topic at Princeton University?
After coming back to Japan, I read the paper written by Daisuke Arie.
(I read the Japanese version one.)
What do you think about this paper?

I agree that 功利 is a bad impression for the Japanese (and Chinese). Arie agrees in the paper, too. And I think, for education, this translation may lead people to misunderstand utilitarianism.

However, I think this is not a bad translation. Even if we change this translation with, e.g., 大福主義 and people understand utilitarianism as not egoism but maximizing overall well-being, people probably think utilitarianism leads to a counter-intuitive conclusion and also think it is a wrong moral theory. The problem is not in translation but in their understanding of utilitarianism itself.