Rejection of Consequentialism A Philosophical Investigation of the Considerations Underlying Rival Moral Conceptions

ISBN-10: 0198235119
ISBN-13: 9780198235118
Edition: 2nd 1994 (Revised)
Authors: Samuel Scheffler
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Description: In contemporary philosophy, substantive moral theories are typically classified as either consequentialist or deontological. Standard consequentialist theories insist, roughly, that agents must always act so as to produce the best available outcomes  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/22/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 206
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

In contemporary philosophy, substantive moral theories are typically classified as either consequentialist or deontological. Standard consequentialist theories insist, roughly, that agents must always act so as to produce the best available outcomes overall. Standard deontological theories, by contrast, maintain that there are some circumstances where one is permitted but not required to produce the best overall results, and still other circumstances in which one is positively forbidden to do so. Classical utilitarianism is the most familiar consequentialist view, but it is widely regarded as an inadequate account of morality. Although Samuel Scheffler agrees with this assessment, he also believes that consequentialism seems initially plausible, and that there is a persistent air of paradox surrounding typical deontological views. In this book, therefore, he undertakes to reconsider the rejection of consequentialism. He argues that it is possible to provide a rationale for the view that agents need not always produce the best possible overall outcomes, and this motivates one departure from consequentialism; but he shows that it is surprisingly difficult to provide a satisfactory rationale for the view that there are times when agents must not produce the best possible overall outcomes. He goes on to argue for a hitherto neglected type of moral conception, according to which agents are always permitted, but not always required, to produce the best outcomes.

the Rejection Of Consequentialism
Preface
The Project and Its Motivation
Outline of a New Theory of Normative Ethics
The Independence and Distinctness of the Personal Point of View
The Defence of Agent-Centred Restrictions: Intuitions in Search of a Foundation
The Project Reconsidered
Appendices
Index

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