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UTILITARIAN GENERALIZATION

David Lyons

in Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism

Published in print November 1965 | ISBN: 9780198241973
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198241973.003.0001
UTILITARIAN GENERALIZATION

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This chapter identifies and characterizes utilitarian generalization, suggests difficulties and issues, sketches a historical framework, and indicates the dimensions within this class of principles. It discusses two kinds of utilitarianism, the development of the new utilitarianism, and the dimensions of the principles. The chapter argues that there is no essential problem about the generalization test itself, for example, how to determine which acts are ‘the same’. An analysis of utilitarian generalization provides the criteria for determining relevant similarities and dissimilarities among acts when the generalization test is given a purely utilitarian interpretation.

Keywords: utilitarianism; new utilitarianism; simple utilitarianism; general utilitarianism

Chapter.  10622 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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