Is Agent-Neutral Deontology Possible?

Matthew Hammerton
Singapore Management University
It is commonly held that all deontological moral theories are agent-relative in the sense that they give each agent a special concern that she does not perform acts of a certain type rather than a general concern with the actions of all agents. Recently, Tom Dougherty has challenged this orthodoxy by arguing that agent-neutral deontology is possible. In this article I counter Dougherty's arguments and show that agent-neutral deontology is not possible.
Keywords Agent-neutral  Agent-relative  Deontology  Moral Theories
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