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THE REQUIREMENT OF PERSONAL NEUTRALITY

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0028
 							THE REQUIREMENT OF PERSONAL NEUTRALITY

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This chapter contends that, just as it is rationally permissible in the intra-personal domain of prudence to set aside the goal of maximizing the fulfilment of one’s own life in order to pursue some ideal, so it is rationally permissible in the inter-personal domain of morality to set aside the utilitarian goal of maximizing fulfilment overall in order to pursue some ideal. The argument for this extension derives from the rational insignificance of personal identity established in earlier chapters. Rationality only imposes a requirement of universalizability which leaves room for this choice between idealism and utilitarianism.

Keywords: idealism; maximizing fulfilment; morality; universalizability; utilitarianism

Chapter.  6693 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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