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Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-Consequentialist Theory of Morality

Brad Hooker


Begins by explaining and arguing for certain criteria for assessing normative moral theories. Then argues that these criteria lead to a rule‐consequentialist moral theory. According to rule‐consequentialism, acts should be assessed morally in terms of impartially justified rules, and rules are impartially justified if and only if the expected overall value of their general internalization is at least as great as for any alternative rules. In the course of developing this theory, the book discusses impartiality, well‐being, fairness, equality, and the question of how ‘general internalization’ o ... More

Keywords: act‐consequentialism, consequentialism, contractualism, duties, duty, equality, ethics, impartiality, meta‐ethics, moral theory, morality, normative, pluralism, Ross, rule‐consequentialism, utilitarianism, well‐being

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199256578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brad Hooker, author
University of Reading
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