Rule Utilitarianism and Cumulative-Effect Utilitarianism

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 9 (sup1):21-45 (1979)
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The author distinguishes between rule utilitarianism, Ideal-Rule utilitarianism and cumulative-Effect utilitarianism. He gives six reasons for rejecting the former two theories, And argues that cumulative-Effect utilitarianism escapes these difficulties. In particular, It does not reduce to rule utilitarianism. The author explains the connection between cumulative-Effect utilitarianism and justice, Elucidates its account of what makes a characteristic a morally relevant one, And explains why rules are likely to produce a crucial situation to which cumulative-Effect utilitarianism applies. He argues that ordinary utilitarianism would be dangerous if acted upon by everybody

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Extreme and Restricted Utilitarianism.J. J. C. Smart - 1956 - Philosophical Quarterly 6 (25):344-354.

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