Utilitarianism and Ross's Theory of Prima Facie Duties

Dialogue 10 (03):437-456 (1971)
This paper argues that ross's theory is an unsatisfactory compromise between moore's ideal utilitarianism and prichard's intuitionism. by including an 'optimific' principle, ross is exposed like moore to such difficulties as having to grant that we never know our duty and that logically we have a duty to pursue our own pleasure. in addition, this paper attributes to moore's influence ross's very inadequate treatment of justice; difficulties in his basic distinction of prima facie versus actual duties; and his unsatisfactory treatments of the deontological/teleological issue
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    Kurt Baier (1958). The Moral Point of View. Ithaca, Cornell University Press.
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