Rule Consequentialism and the Problem of Partial Acceptance

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):643-652 (2013)
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Kevin P. Tobia
Yale University
Abstract
Most plausible moral theories must address problems of partial acceptance or partial compliance. The aim of this paper is to examine some proposed ways of dealing with partial acceptance problems as well as to introduce a new Rule Utilitarian suggestion. Here I survey three forms of Rule Utilitarianism, each of which represents a distinct approach to solving partial acceptance issues. I examine Fixed Rate, Variable Rate, and Optimum Rate Rule Utilitarianism, and argue that a new approach, Maximizing Expectation Rate Rule Utilitarianism, better solves partial acceptance problems
Keywords Rule Consequentialism  Rule Utilitarianism  Partial acceptance  Fixed rate  Variable rate
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-012-9382-3
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