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Rule-Utilitarianism

Donald H. Regan

in Utilitarianism and Co-operation

Published in print July 1980 | ISBN: 9780198246091
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680922 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198246091.003.0005
Rule-Utilitarianism

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This chapter discusses whether some seemingly plausible variants of rule-utilitarianism have PropCOP and PropAU. It also aims to make it seem plausible that all attempts to describe a rule-utilitarianism which has both PropCOP and PropAU is doomed to failure. The chapter considers two preliminary points about the nature of the theories included within it. The first is that rule-utilitarianism is interpreted as directing each agent to satisfy the set of rules it would be best for everyone to satisfy. The second is that rules of any degree of complexity are allowed.

Keywords: variants; rule-utilitarianism; PropCOP; PropAU; rules; complexity

Chapter.  3961 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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