Dual-ranking act-consequentialism

Philosophical Studies 138 (3):409 - 427 (2008)
Abstract
Dual-ranking act-consequentialism (DRAC) is a rather peculiar version of act-consequentialism. Unlike more traditional forms of act-consequentialism, DRAC doesn’t take the deontic status of an action to be a function of some evaluative ranking of outcomes. Rather, it takes the deontic status of an action to be a function of some non-evaluative ranking that is in turn a function of two auxiliary rankings that are evaluative. I argue that DRAC is promising in that it can accommodate certain features of commonsense morality that no single-ranking version of act-consequentialism can: supererogation, agent-centered options, and the self-other asymmetry. I also defend DRAC against three objections: (1) that its dual-ranking structure is ad hoc, (2) that it denies (putatively implausibly) that it is always permissible to make self-sacrifices that don’t make things worse for others, and (3) that it violates certain axioms of expected utility theory, viz., transitivity and independence.
Keywords Utilitarianism  Consequentialism  Self-other asymmetry  Options  Sider  Splawn
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11098-006-9059-7
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 26,655
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
The Limits of Morality.Shelly Kagan - 1989 - Oxford University Press.
Consequentialism.Walter Sinnott-Armstrong - forthcoming - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

View all 17 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Consequentializing.Douglas W. Portmore - 2009 - Philosophy Compass 4 (2):329-347.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

66 ( #78,428 of 2,158,196 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

4 ( #87,457 of 2,158,196 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums