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Is Rule‐Consequentialism Guilty of Collapse or Incoherence?

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/10.1093/0199256578.003.0004
 Is Rule‐Consequentialism Guilty of Collapse or Incoherence?

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According to this chapter's arguments, rule‐consequentialism need not be guilty of either collapse into extensional equivalence with act‐consequentialism or incoherence. The chapter also explains how rule‐consequentialism and contractualism differ over what is the best account of impartially justified rules. The final two sections consider rule‐consequentialism's relation to intuitionism and Ross‐style pluralism and whether rule‐consequentialism fails to be a form of consequentialism.

Keywords: act‐consequentialism; collapse; consequentialism; contractualism; extensional equivalence; incoherence; intuitionism; pluralism; Ross; rule‐consequentialism

Chapter.  7049 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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