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Ideal Code, Real WorldA Rule-Consequentialist Theory of Morality$
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Brad Hooker

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199256570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199256578.001.0001

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Prohibitions and Special Obligations

Prohibitions and Special Obligations

(p.126) 6 Prohibitions and Special Obligations
Ideal Code, Real World

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We typically think that morality prohibits certain kinds of behaviour, such as killing the innocent, stealing, breaking promises, etc. This chapter explores rule‐consequentialism's ability to underwrite these prohibitions, and, in particular, to underwrite our views about when such prohibitions should be amended or overridden. Argues against absolute prohibitions and explores the role of judgement in rule‐consequentialism. The final section explains how rule‐consequentialism can endorse rules giving agents special obligations towards family and friends.

Keywords:   absolute prohibitions, judgement, prohibitions, special obligations

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