David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Southwest Philosophy Review 21 (1):53-60 (2005)
Classical utilitarianism attempts to reduce the moral significance of the individual to something more basic: the value of the individual is seen as fully grounded in considerations of utility maximization. This paper criticizes this aspect of utilitarianism and tries to do so through an appeal to considerations that would be acceptable to one who embraces utilitarianism. First, an example is developed in which (1) a pair of mutually exclusive actions each yield infinite utility; (2) neither action can be said to yield more utility than the other, and (3) one of the actions is clearly preferable. This provides a case in which the moral significance of the individual cannot be fully reduced to considerations of utility maximizing features of the action. A second example, developed along the lines of the first example, involves only finite utilities.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Changchi Hao (2006). Is Mozi a Utilitarian Philosopher? Frontiers of Philosophy in China 1 (3):382-400.
Gerald Lang (2013). Should Utilitarianism Be Scalar? Utilitas 25 (1):80-95.
Afschin Gandjour & Karl Wilhelm Lauterbach (2003). Utilitarian Theories Reconsidered: Common Misconceptions, More Recent Developments, and Health Policy Implications. Health Care Analysis 11 (3):229-244.
John Skorupski (2006). Welfare and Self-Governance. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9 (3):289 - 309.
Conrad D. Johnson (1991). Moral Legislation: A Legal-Political Model for Indirect Consequentialist Reasoning. Cambridge University Press.
Michael Moehler (2013). Contractarian Ethics and Harsanyi's Two Justifications of Utilitarianism. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 12 (1):24-47.
Kristján Kristjánsson (2000). Utilitarian Naturalism and the Moral Justification of Emotions. International Journal of Applied Philosophy 14 (1):43-58.
Jörg Schroth (2008). Distributive Justice and Welfarism in Utilitarianism. Inquiry 51 (2):123-146.
Tom Carson (1993). Hare on Utilitarianism and Intuitive Morality. Erkenntnis 39 (3):305-331.
James Wood Bailey (1997). Utilitarianism, Institutions, and Justice. Oxford University Press.
David Phillips (2011). Sidgwickian Ethics. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads6 ( #213,996 of 1,101,892 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #191,964 of 1,101,892 )
How can I increase my downloads?