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Underivative DutyBritish Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing$
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Thomas Hurka

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577446.001.0001

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Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore

Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore

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(p.45) 3 Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore
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Underivative Duty
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Anthony Skelton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577446.003.0004

Ideal utilitarianism states that the only fundamental requirement of morality is to promote a plurality of intrinsic goods. This chapter critically evaluates Hastings Rashdall's arguments for ideal utilitarianism, while comparing them with G. E. Moore's arguments. Section I outlines Rashdall's ethical outlook. Section II considers two different arguments that he provides for its theory of rightness. Section III discusses his defence of a pluralist theory of value. Section IV argues that Rashdall makes a lasting contribution to the defence of ideal utilitarianism.

Keywords:   Rashdall, Moore, ideal utilitarianism, value pluralism, morality

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