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Prudence, Morality and Supererogation

R. M. Hare

in Moral Thinking

Published in print December 1981 | ISBN: 9780198246602
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597596 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198246609.003.0011
 Prudence, Morality and Supererogation

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The relationship between morality and prudence and the extent to which a proper utilitarian account can accommodate acts of supererogation is examined. There are prudential principles that coincide with moral principles, which are supported by firm dispositions of character. Hare argues that the prescriptivity of moral judgements demonstrate the tight connection between moral judgements and dispositions to act, and shows how it is possible to reach certain conclusions if we do our moral thinking correctly.

Keywords: disposition; morality; prudence; supererogation; utilitarianism

Chapter.  6751 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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