Goodness and Justice: A Consequentialist Moral Theory

Cambridge University Press (2006)
Abstract
In Goodness and Justice, Joseph Mendola develops a unified moral theory that defends the hedonism of classical utilitarianism while evading utilitarianism's familiar difficulties by two modifications. His theory incorporates a new form of consequentialism. When, as is common, someone is engaged in conflicting group acts, it requires that one perform the role in that group that is most beneficent. The theory holds that overall value is distribution-sensitive, ceding maximum weight to the well-being of the worst-off sections of sentient lives. It is properly congruent with commonsense intuition and required by the true metaphysics of value, by the unconstituted natural good found in our world.
Keywords Ethics  Consequentialism (Ethics  Good and evil  Justice (Philosophy
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Call number BJ1031.M46 2006
ISBN(s) 0521859530   9780521859530
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