Threading some Paradoxes
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Up to now it has been assumed that there is no intrinsic problem in taking a set of individual desires, preferences and judgments and deriving from them a single judgment which can stand as the democratic judgment of the group as a whole. The questions or problems have all been about the appropriateness of using this judgment as that of the group; whether, for example, it may not infringe individual autonomy or lead to less good decisions than the use of a group of experts would. Problems about the protection of individuals or the protection of minorities may mean that simple majority judgment (of those voting) is not necessarily the most appropriate method of reaching a group decision. Sometimes unanimity, or at least a much higher proportion than a mere majority, may be thought to be appropriate. However, these are again problems about the appropriateness of various sorts of decision procedure. It is still assumed that there is no intrinsic, or technical, problem about deriving these various social judgments from individual preferences. The only problem considered is whether such derivations are desirable or appropriate.