David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Oxford University Press (2000)
Is there a limit to the legitimate demands of morality? In particular, is there a limit to people's responsibility to promote the well-being of others, either directly or via social institutions? Utilitarianism admits no such limit, and is for that reason often said to be an unacceptably demanding moral and political view. In this original new study, Murphy argues that the charge of excessive demands amounts to little more than an affirmation of the status quo. The real problem with utilitarianism is that it makes unfair demands on people who comply with it in our world of nonideal compliance. Murphy shows that this unfairness does not arise on a collective understanding of our responsibility for others' well being. Thus, according to Murphy, while there is no general problem to be raised about the extent of moral demands, there is a pressing need to acknowledge the collective nature of the demands of beneficence.
|Keywords||Benevolence Social ethics Utilitarianism|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$8.00 used (86% off) $26.45 new (53% off) $56.00 direct from Amazon Amazon page|
|Call number||BJ1474.M87 2000|
|ISBN(s)||0195079760 0195171950 9780195171952|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
David Miller (2007). National Responsibility and Global Justice. Oxford University Press.
Laura Valentini (2012). Ideal Vs. Non-Ideal Theory: A Conceptual Map. Philosophy Compass 7 (9):654-664.
Thomas W. Pogge (2005). Human Rights and Global Health: A Research Program. Metaphilosophy 36 (1‐2):182-209.
Michael Ferry (2013). Does Morality Demand Our Very Best? On Moral Prescriptions and the Line of Duty. Philosophical Studies 165 (2):573-589.
Anne Schwenkenbecher (2013). Joint Duties and Global Moral Obligations. Ratio 26 (3):310-328.
Similar books and articles
Paul Weirich (2004). Realistic Decision Theory: Rules for Nonideal Agents in Nonideal Circumstances. Oup Usa.
Rüdiger Bittner (1989). What Reason Demands. Cambridge University Press.
Liam B. Murphy (1993). The Demands of Beneficence. Philosophy and Public Affairs 22 (4):267-292.
Bailey James Wood (1997). Utilitarianism, Institutions, and Justice. Oxford University Press.
[M. W. F. S.] (2001). Liam B. Murphy Moral Demands in a Nonideal Theory. (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2000). Pp. VIII+168. £30.00 (Hbk). ISBN 0 19 507976. [REVIEW] Religious Studies 37 (4):501-502.
Richard T. George (1986). GM and Corporate Responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics 5 (3):177 - 179.
Thaddeus Metz (2001). Review of Liam Murphy, Moral Demands in Nonideal Theory. [REVIEW] Philosophical Review 110 (4):614-617.
Tim Mulgan (2003). Liam Murphy, Moral Demands in Nonideal Theory, New York, Oxford University Press, 2000, Pp. Viii + 168. Utilitas 15 (1):113.
William Sin (2012). Internalization and Moral Demands. Philosophical Studies 157 (2):163-175.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads56 ( #87,141 of 1,924,770 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #308,315 of 1,924,770 )
How can I increase my downloads?