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Beyond Consequentialism

Paul Hurley


The focus of this book is consequentialism, the moral theory upon which an action is morally right just in case its performance leads to the best state of affairs. The theory can with some plausibility claim a status as the default alternative in contemporary moral philosophy. Moreover, its pervasive deployment in spheres such as economics, public policy, and jurisprudence is one of the striking developments of the last 150 years. It is the thesis of this book that debates concerning the challenge of consequentialism tend to overlook a fundamental challenge to consequentialism, an unresolved t ... More

Keywords: morality, impartiality, consequentialism, right action, good action, state of affairs, impersonal conception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559305
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Hurley, author
Claremont McKenna College
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