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There's a few issues with this hard-line utilitarian POV, mainly what's called the "utility monster", first discussed by Robert Nozick in Anarchy, State, and Utopia[1] (1967). This is getting pretty complicated (and I could very well be wrong), but I think that "value" is probably some kind of combination of what you do for the firm (e.g. how much money you bring in) with what the firm does for society.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Anarchy-State-Utopia-Robert-Nozick/dp...




> I think that "value" is probably some kind of combination of what you do for the firm (e.g. how much money you bring in) with what the firm does for society.

If a female lawyer successfully defends an actual murderer, does that provide more societal value than when a male lawyer successfully defends an actual murderer?




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