Philosophical Quarterly 67 (269):794-812 (2017)

Evan Gregg Williams
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
This article proposes ‘Recursive Consequentialism’: the moral theory which gives agents whatever advice will produce good consequences by being given. It can be thought of as a version of Donald Regan's ‘Cooperative Utilitarianism’ to which two additional elements have been added: allowing people with differing conceptions of ‘good consequences’, e.g., a Utilitarian and a non-Utilitarian, to cooperate with one another, and taking into account the full consequences of accepting, not just complying with, moral guidance. The theory is motivated by a series of game-theoretic examples in which adherence to alternative Consequentialist moral theories produces bad consequences.
Keywords Rule Consequentialism  Cooperative Utilitarianism
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