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G. E. Moore and William H. Shaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199272018.001.0001

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Utilitarianism (concluded)

Utilitarianism (concluded)

(p.19) 2 Utilitarianism (concluded)

G. E. Moore

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This chapter continues the previous chapter’s detailed analysis of the utilitarian account of right and wrong. Utilitarianism asserts not only that producing a maximum of pleasure is a characteristic of all and only right actions, but also that right actions are right because they produce a maximum of pleasure. Moreover, this is true in all conceivable circumstances and in any conceivable universe. Moore also explains what it means for utilitarianism to judge something to be intrinsically better (or worse) than other things, and he distinguishes something as being ‘intrinsically good’ from its being ‘ultimately good’ or ‘good for its own sake’.

Keywords:   criterion of right, ethical truth, higher pleasures, intrinsic value, intrinsically better, maximum of pleasure, sign of rightness, total effects, ultimately good, utilitarianism

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