Instrumentalism, Objectivity, and Moral Justification

American Philosophical Quarterly 23 (4):373 - 381 (1986)
Abstract
"instrumentalism" claims that a moral theory is objectively justified if the actions it prescribes are the most efficient means to any agent's final ends. Insofar as instrumentalism objectively justifies a moral theory, It fails to morally justify it. Insofar as it morally justifies the theory, Either it fails to objectively justify it, Or else the humean model of instrumental rationality is doing no justificatory work. In either case, Instrumentalism cannot justify a moral theory that enjoins us to modify or sacrifice our ends, Even for the sake of the common good
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