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Utilitarianism

G. E. Moore

in Ethics

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199272013
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603181 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199272018.003.0001

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 Utilitarianism

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This chapter and the one that follows analyze and elucidate the normative structure of utilitarianism. Although Moore did not consider himself a utilitarian, it becomes evident as the book proceeds that he accepts utilitarianism’s consequentialist account of right and wrong despite rejecting its hedonistic value theory. These opening chapters are a model of analytic exposition as Moore lays out utilitarianism’s theoretical commitments and contrasts various distinct but closely related normative theses. Moore expounds the utilitarian theory with far greater precision than the classical utilitarian thinkers ever achieved.

Keywords: balance of pleasure; duty; ethical philosophers; fundamental ethical questions; possible actions; right; ought; voluntary actions

Chapter.  6742 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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