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Is moral duty/blame irrational because a person does only what they must?

If human behaviour is fully determined by the laws of the universe, then you have no choice in whether you assign moral blame or not so it doesn't make sense to discuss whether we should or shouldn't do that.

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Yes, but the discussion is part of the way that we do it. Not only do we have to have the discussion, but the discussion makes sense the same way that Newton's laws make sense for billiard balls. You wouldn't say "These billiard balls are just going to move around deterministically anyhow, so it doesn't make much sense for them to conserve momentum." :P
How do bounded utility functions work if you are uncertain how close to the bound your utility is?

I think you're right that your pennies become more valuable the less you have. Suppose you start with  money and your utility function is . Assuming the original lottery was not worth playing, then , which rearranges to . This can be though of as saying the average slope of the utility function from  to  is greater than some constant .

For the second lottery, each ticket you buy means you have less money. Then the utilit... (read more)

Thank you for your reply. That was extremely helpful to have someone crunch the numbers. I am always afraid of transitivity problems when considering ideas like this, and I am glad it might be possible to avoid the Egyptology objection without introducing any.