The refutation of the generalization argument

Ethics 74 (2):150-154 (1964)
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Marcus singer's deduction of the generalization argument in "generalization in ethics" is not sound. The argument itself is invalid, But there is a valid moral principle which is very similar to the one singer thinks he has proved. This valid principle is that if the consequences of not having a rule against x would be undesirable, Then there should be a rule against x. But this is not the same as to say that if the consequences of everyone's doing x are undesirable, Then each person is obligated not to do x. (staff)
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