A Partial Defence of Act-Utilitarianism

Donald H. Regan

in Utilitarianism and Co-operation

Published in print July 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246091
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680922 | DOI:
A Partial Defence of Act-Utilitarianism

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This chapter discusses the universal satisfaction of AU and attempts to establish it. It further states that even if it does not guarantee best possible consequences, it is not in any case inconsistent with the production of best possible consequences. The concept of the ‘consistency claim’ is introduced, which says that for any group of agents in any situation, any pattern of behaviour by that group which produces the best consequences possible is a pattern in which the members of the group all satisfy AU.

Keywords: universal satisfaction; AU; consequences; consistency claim; behaviour

Chapter.  4505 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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