Moral Legislation : A Legal-Political Model for Indirect Consequentialist Reasoning (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

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Moral Legislation : A Legal-Political Model for Indirect Consequentialist Reasoning (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 232 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521392242
  • DDC分類 171.5

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This is a book about moral reasoningought to reason. It defends a form of 'rule' utilitarianism whereby we must sometimes judge and act in moral questions in accordance with generally accepted rules, so long as the existence of those rules is justified by the good they bring about. The author opposes the currently more fashionable view that it is always right for the individual to do that which produces the most good. Among the salient topics covered are: an account of the utilitarian function in society of generally accepted moral rules; a discussion of how we interpret existing moral rules and create new ones; and a defence of 'rule' utilitarianism against the charge that it either commits one to irrational rule worship, or collapses into a form of 'act' utilitarianism. This is a book about moral reasoning: how we actually reason and how we ought to reason. It defends a form of 'rule' utilitarianism whereby we must sometimes judge and act in moral questions in accordance with generally accepted rules, so long as the existence of those rules is justified by the good they bring about.

Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The primary principleof collective strategies; 4. Relations between collective and individual rationality; 5. Publicity, autonomy, and objective act consequentialism; 6. The existence of rules and practices; 7. Practical reasoning; 8. Moral analogues of interpretation and legislation; 9. Other utilitarian conceptions: Some comparisons; 10. Concluding observations: Summary and a look ahead.