Mere Goodness

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Mere Goodness is the fifth book contained in the ebook Rationality: From AI to Zombies, by Eliezer Yudkowsky. It focuses on the relationship between moral theory and moral practice.

Mere Goodness contains three sequences of essays, along with the stand-alone essay Twelve Virtues of Rationality. These are all collected in the Rationality: From AI to Zombies ebook, but the essay names below are also linked to the original blog posts.

The previous book in the series is Mere Reality, and the next (and final) is Becoming Stronger.


U. Fake Preferences

257. Not for the Sake of Happiness (Alone)
258. Fake Selfishness
259. Fake Morality
260. Fake Utility Functions
261. Detached Lever Fallacy
262. Dreams of AI Design
263. The Design Space of Minds-in-General

V. Value Theory

264 Where Recursive Justification Hits Bottom
265. My Kind of Reflection
266. No Universally Compelling Arguments
267. Created Already In Motion
268. Sorting Pebbles Into Correct Heaps
269. 2-Place and 1-Place Words
270. What Would You Do Without Morality?
271. Changing Your Metaethics
272. Could Anything Be Right?
273. Morality as Fixed Computation
274. Magical Categories
275. The True Prisoner’s Dilemma
276. Sympathetic Minds
277. High Challenge
278. Serious Stories
279. Value is Fragile
280. The Gift We Give To Tomorrow

W. Quantified Humanism

281. Scope Insensitivity
282. One Life Against the World
283. The Allais Paradox
284. Zut Allais!
285. Feeling Moral
286. The “Intuitions” Behind “Utilitarianism”
287. Ends Don’t Justify Means (Among Humans)
288. Ethical Injunctions
289. Something to Protect
290. When (Not) To Use Probabilities
291. Newcomb’s Problem and Regret of Rationality