A Royal road to consequentialism?

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (2):153-169 (2010)
To consequentialise a moral theory means to account for moral phenomena usually described in nonconsequentialist terms, such as rights, duties, and virtues, in a consequentialist framework. This paper seeks to show that all moral theories can be consequentialised. The paper distinguishes between different interpretations of the consequentialiser’s thesis, and emphasises the need for a cardinal ranking of acts. The paper also offers a new answer as to why consequentialising moral theories is important: This yields crucial methodological insights about how to pursue ethical inquires.
Keywords Consequentialism  Asymmetry  Moral dilemma  Portmore
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DOI 10.2307/40602552
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