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Moral Legislation : A Legal-Political Model for Indirect Consequentialist Reasoning - Conrad D. Johnson

Moral Legislation

A Legal-Political Model for Indirect Consequentialist Reasoning

Hardcover Published: 25th January 1991
ISBN: 9780521392242
Number Of Pages: 248

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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. 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 defense of "rule" utilitarianism against the charge that it either commits one to irrational rule worship, or collapses into a form of "act" utilitarianism.

The primary principle: Doing good
The advantages of collective strategies
Relations between collective and individual rationality
Publicity, autonomy, and objective act consequentialism
The existence of rules and practices
Practical reasoning
Moral analogues of interpretation and legislation
Other utilitarian conceptions: Some comparisons
Concluding observations: Summary and a look ahead.
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ISBN: 9780521392242
ISBN-10: 0521392241
Series: International Symposia in Economic Theory and Econometrics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 25th January 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.54

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