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Utilitarianism

Russell Hardin

in David Hume

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199232567
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191715976 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232567.003.0007
 Utilitarianism

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Hume is held by various scholars to be a utilitarian, a rule-utilitarian, a halfhearted utilitarian, or not a utilitarian at all, and he is also held to be a consequentialist or he is not held to be a consequentialist. The remarkable fact of many of these opposing views is that they are grounded in the same passages by Hume. This chapter examines the nature of the utilitarianism that Hume commonly invokes.

Keywords: consequentialism; respect for persons; institutional utilitarianism; rule-utilitarian

Chapter.  8068 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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