Prohibitions and Special Obligations

Brad Hooker

in Ideal Code, Real World

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199256570
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597701 | DOI:
 Prohibitions and Special Obligations

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We typically think that morality prohibits certain kinds of behaviour, such as killing the innocent, stealing, breaking promises, etc. This chapter explores rule‐consequentialism's ability to underwrite these prohibitions, and, in particular, to underwrite our views about when such prohibitions should be amended or overridden. Argues against absolute prohibitions and explores the role of judgement in rule‐consequentialism. The final section explains how rule‐consequentialism can endorse rules giving agents special obligations towards family and friends.

Keywords: absolute prohibitions; judgement; prohibitions; special obligations

Chapter.  6418 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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