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Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

David Lyons

Published in print November 1965 | ISBN: 9780198241973
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241973.001.0001
Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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One can contrast the analogous general utilitarian principle in order to see whether it can be subjected to the criticisms offered against Act-Utilitarianism. From the notion of generalization one can begin to build up to the notion of a rule grounded in utility, thus incorporating into the analysis rule-utilitarianism. This book is the outcome of the analysis. The discussion examines several types of moral theory and preserves contact with the relevant literature, with theories that have been offered and discussed by philosophers. It deals with paradigms of various forms of utilitarianism and finds that little is gained by choosing one form rather than another. The book also holds that no pure utilitarian theory can account for some of one's strongest moral convictions.

Keywords: teleologists; utilitarian; rule-utilitarianism; moral theory; philosophy

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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UTILITARIAN GENERALIZATION in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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DESCRIBING AN ACTION in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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EXTENSIONAL EQUIVALENCE in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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RULE-UTILITARIANISM in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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LIMITS OF UTILITY in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

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