Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1973)
AbstractTwo essays on utilitarianism, written from opposite points of view, by J. J. C. Smart and Bernard Williams. In the first part of the book Professor Smart advocates a modern and sophisticated version of classical utilitarianism; he tries to formulate a consistent and persuasive elaboration of the doctrine that the rightness and wrongness of actions is determined solely by their consequences, and in particular their consequences for the sum total of human happiness. In Part II Bernard Williams offers a sustained and vigorous critique of utilitarian assumptions, arguments and ideals. He finds inadequate the theory of action implied by utilitarianism, and he argues that utilitarianism fails to engage at a serious level with the real problems of moral and political philosophy, and fails to make sense of notions such as integrity, or even human happiness itself. This book should be of interest to welfare economists, political scientists and decision-theorists.
9780511251573 9780521098229 052109822X 0521202973
Similar books and articles
The Incompatibility of Act-Utilitarianism with Moral Integrity.Peter S. Wenz - 1979 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):547-553.
'Happenings Outside One's Moral Self': Reflections on Utilitarianism and Moral Emotion: Bernard Williams,'A Critique of Utilitarianism', in JJC Smart and Bernard Williams, Utilitarianism: For and Against 1977.Edward Harcourt - 2013 - Philosophical Papers 42 (2):239-258.
Utilitarian Alternatives to Act Utilitarianism.Sanford S. Levy - 1997 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 78 (1):93–112.
A Dilemma for Objective Act-Utilitarianism.Gerald Lang - 2004 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 3 (2):221-239.
Utilitarianism and the Psychology of Personal Identity: A Critical Study of Bernard Williams' Rejection of Utilitarianism.Emmett Legett Bradbury - 2000 - Dissertation, Northwestern University
The Limits of Utilitarianism and Beyond:Utilitarianism and Beyond. Amartya Sen, Bernard Williams; The Limits of Utilitarianism. Harlan B. Miller, William H. Williams. [REVIEW]H. A. Bedau - 1985 - Ethics 95 (2):333-.
How Indirect Can Indirect Utilitarianism Be?Eric Wiland - 2007 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 74 (2):275-301.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
The Practical Origins of Ideas: Genealogy as Conceptual Reverse-Engineering (Open Access).Matthieu Queloz - 2021 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Beyond Sacrificial Harm: A Two-Dimensional Model of Utilitarian Psychology.Guy Kahane, Jim A. C. Everett, Brian D. Earp, Lucius Caviola, Nadira S. Faber, Molly J. Crockett & Julian Savulescu - 2018 - Psychological Review 125 (2):131-164.
Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts?Kevin Tobia, Wesley Buckwalter & Stephen Stich - 2013 - Philosophical Psychology 26 (5):629-638.
How Genealogies Can Affect the Space of Reasons.Matthieu Queloz - 2020 - Synthese 197 (5):2005-2027.
References found in this work
No references found.