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Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality

Douglas W. Portmore


Commonsense Consequentialism is a book about morality, rationality, and the interconnections between the two. In it, Douglas W. Portmore defends a version of consequentialism that both comports with our commonsense moral intuitions and shares with other consequentialist theories the same compelling teleological conception of practical reasons. Broadly construed, consequentialism is the view that an act's deontic status is determined by how its outcome ranks relative to those of the available alternatives on some evaluative ranking. Portmore argues that outcomes should be ranked, n ... More

Keywords: consequentialism, morality, rationality, teleology, practical reasons, securitism, agent-relative, utilitarianism, moral rationalism, supererogation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199794539
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas W. Portmore, author
Arizona State University