Loyalty and Evil Desires

R. M. Hare

in Moral Thinking

Published in print December 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246602
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597596 | DOI:
 Loyalty and Evil Desires

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Deals with objections that are commonly levelled against utilitarianism concerning its potential counterintuitive conclusions. Hare provides instructions on how to manufacture objections of this sort and then on how to demolish them. This is done because such objections, and the answer to such objections, all take the same form. It is argued that this strategy can be used to dismount the objections that utilitarianism does not allow individuals to give any weight to personal duties or loyalties, and that utilitarianism cannot provide a principled distinction between good and evil desires.

Keywords: desires; loyalty; utilitarianism

Chapter.  6228 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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