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The Rejection of Consequentialism: A Philosophical Investigation of the Considerations Underlying Rival Moral Conceptions

Samuel Scheffler

Abstract

The term ‘consequentialism’ refers to a class of moral theories that rank states of affairs from an impersonal standpoint and require agents to produce the best states of affairs they can. Many philosophers have criticized and rejected consequentialist theories, but Scheffler wishes to reconsider the rejection of consequentialism. He begins by discussing two objections to consequentialism, one having to do with the integrity of agents and the other with distributive justice. From there, he outlines a hybrid moral theory that avoids these two objections. Scheffler's hybrid theory agrees with co ... More

Keywords: agent, agent‐centred prerogative, agent‐centred restriction, consequentialism, distributive justice, ethics, hybrid theory, impersonal standpoint, integrity, justice, moral agency, moral philosophy, personal point of view, philosophy, Samuel Scheffler

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198235118
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198235119.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Scheffler, author
University of California, Berkeley
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