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Partiality and ImpartialityMorality, Special Relationships, and the Wider World$
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Brian Feltham and John Cottingham

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.001.0001

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When Is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?

When Is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?

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(p.26) 1 When Is Impartiality Morally Appropriate?
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Partiality and Impartiality
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Brad Hooker (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579952.003.0002

This chapter begins by considering impartiality in the application of moral rules. Bernard Gert's influential conception of impartiality comes under scrutiny. It then discusses when impartial benevolence (act-utilitarianism) is or is not appropriate as the direct guide to decisions about what to do. The final section defends impartial assessment of moral rules and addresses its relation to agent-neutral assessment. Contractualism and rule-consequentialism converge in offering impartial justification for moral rules that accord very considerable scope to partiality.

Keywords:   moral rules, utilitarianism, consequentialism, agent-neutrality

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