Outline of a New Theory of Normative Ethics

Samuel Scheffler

in The Rejection of Consequentialism

Published in print August 1994 | ISBN: 9780198235118
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598340 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Outline of a New Theory of Normative Ethics

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Provides an outline for a hybrid moral theory of the sort described in Ch. 1; Scheffler calls this theory the ‘distributive hybrid’. In order to accommodate concerns about agents’ integrity, the distributive hybrid incorporates an agent‐centred prerogative, allowing each agent to assign proportionately greater weight to his own interests than to those of other people. In order to accommodate concerns about distributive justice, the distributive hybrid incorporates a distribution‐sensitive conception of the good. Scheffler points out that some forms of consequentialism also incorporate distribution‐sensitive conceptions of the good.

Keywords: agent‐centred prerogative; consequentialism; distribution sensitive; distributive hybrid; distributive justice; integrity

Chapter.  10719 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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