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What Are the Rules to Promote?

Brad Hooker

in Ideal Code, Real World

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256570
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199256578.003.0002
 What Are the Rules to Promote?

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Argues that rules should not be evaluated in terms of the numbers of acts of this or that kind that they allow. Then asks whether rules should be assessed in terms of whether they promote equality, fairness, and justice, or whether they give priority to the worst off. Finally, two sections discuss how rule‐consequentialism and contractualism differ as to whether morality contains prohibitions on how humans treat animals and the natural environment.

Keywords: animals; contractualism; equality; fairness; justice; natural environment; rule‐consequentialism

Chapter.  15526 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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