Sobjectivity: The Anatomy of the Subjective and Objective in Moral Judgment

F. M. Kamm

in Morality, Mortality Volume I: Death and Whom to Save From It

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195119114
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872244 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Ethics Series

 Sobjectivity: The Anatomy of the Subjective and Objective in Moral Judgment

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Looks at a two more approaches to justifying the Principle of Irrelevant Utility advanced in Ch. 8 with respect to the question of saving different groups of lives. Once again, it involves combining objective and subjective views. Here the combinations are designated ‘Sobjectivism2’ and ‘Sobjectivism3’. Sobjectivism2 differs from Sobjectivism1 (which was presented in Ch. 8), in that it pits the various subjective points of view against each other differently, taking into account each person's moral responsibility, rather than only his interests or desires. Sobjectivism3 provides an alternative principled distinction between losses of lives in order to distinguish relevant from irrelevant utilities: that certain utilities would be irrelevant in a life‐saving choice situation if they would receive no proportional weight on their own, no matter how many individuals were involved.

Keywords: choice; irrelevant utilities; moral judgement; moral responsibility; objectivity; Principle of Irrelevant Utility; saving lives; Sobjectivity; subjectivity

Chapter.  9090 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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