“The Self-Other Asymmetry and Act Utilitarianism.”

Utilitas 13 (3):323-333 (2001)
The self-other asymmetry is a prominent and important feature of common-sense morality. It is also a feature that does not find a home in standard versions of act-utilitarianism. Theodore Sider has attempted to make a place for it by constructing a novel version of utilitarianism that incorporates the asymmetry into its framework. So far as I know, it is the best attempt to bring the two together. I argue, however, that Sider's ingenious attempt fails. I also offer a diagnosis that explains why no theory that remains recognizably act-utilitarian can successfully incorporate the asymmetry.
Keywords self/other utilitarianism  Sider
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DOI 10.1017/S0953820800003204
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