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Taking Utilitarianism Seriously

Christopher Woodard


Utilitarianism is in the ascendancy in many parts of public culture, but its stock among moral and political philosophers is low. Many philosophers believe that it is a dead end, since they believe that the objections to it are overwhelming. This book seeks to contribute to a renewal of philosophical interest in utilitarianism by arguing that the objections usually thought to defeat it do not do so. It presents a novel form of utilitarianism based on a novel account of normative reasons for action. It argues that utilitarians can explain much of the complexity of our ethical and political thou ... More

Keywords: utilitarianism, reasons for action, moral rights, justice, equality, legitimacy, democracy, virtue, demandingness, abhorrent actions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198732624.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Woodard, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Nottingham