Reduction vs. Elimination

Michael Slote

in From Morality to Virtue

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195093926
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833689 | DOI:
Reduction vs. Elimination

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Most utilitarianism is reductionist in character, reducing virtue and morality to terms of human or sentient well‐being; but an eliminative form of utilitarianism that simply refuses to make moral judgments and focuses exclusively on what produces better or good consequences is also possible. The virtue‐ethical approach of the present work is eliminative of moral terminology, though not of all aretaic evaluations.

Keywords: aretaic; consequences; eliminative; reductionist; utilitarianism; virtue‐ethical

Chapter.  5574 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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