Theoria 62 (1-2):95-123 (1996)

Wlodek Rabinowicz
Lund University
This paper discusses the argument for preference utilitarianism proposed by Richard Hare in Moral Thinking(Hare, 1981). G. F. Schueler (1984) and Ingmar Persson (1989) identified a serious gap in Hare’s reasoning, which might be called the No-Conflict Problem. The paper first tries to fill the gap. Then, however, starting with an idea of Zeno Vendler, the question is raised whether the gap is there to begin with. Unfortunately, this Vendlerian move does not save Hare from criticism. Paradoxically, it instead endangers the whole argumentative enterprise
Keywords Hare, Richard  universalization  preference utilitarianism  role reversal  Persson, Ingmar  Vendler, Zeno
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DOI 10.1111/j.1755-2567.1996.tb00532.x
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