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Predictability and Convention

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/10.1093/0199256578.003.0005
 Predictability and Convention

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Considers whether rule‐consequentialism is undermined by the unpredictability of the consequences of whole codes of rules. Argues that, where we can calculate that some alternative is better than the status quo, we press forward with reform, and that where we cannot calculate that some alternative code is better than the status quo, we should stick with the status quo. Concludes by considering how ideal codes have to compromise with extant conventions, and how rule‐consequentialism can support public goods.

Keywords: convention; predictability; public goods; reform; rule‐consequentialism

Chapter.  5606 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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