Social Theory and Practice 47 (4):717-746 (forthcoming)

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Brian Rosebury
University of Central Lancashire
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Utilitarianism is a consequentialist theory that assigns value impartially to the well-being of each person. Informed Altruism, introduced in this article, is an intentionalist theory that relegates both consequentialism and impartiality to subordinate roles. It identifies morally right or commendable actions as those motivated by a sufficiently informed intention to benefit and not harm others. An implication of the theory is that multiple agents may perform incompatible actions and yet each be acting rightly in a moral sense.
Keywords Social and Political Philosophy  Utilitarianism  Consequentialism  Impartiality  Altruism  Intention
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DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract2021922140
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