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Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore

Anthony Skelton

in Underivative Duty

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199577446
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577446.003.0004
Ideal Utilitarianism: Rashdall and Moore

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Ideal utilitarianism states that the only fundamental requirement of morality is to promote a plurality of intrinsic goods. This chapter critically evaluates Hastings Rashdall's arguments for ideal utilitarianism, while comparing them with G. E. Moore's arguments. Section I outlines Rashdall's ethical outlook. Section II considers two different arguments that he provides for its theory of rightness. Section III discusses his defence of a pluralist theory of value. Section IV argues that Rashdall makes a lasting contribution to the defence of ideal utilitarianism.

Keywords: Rashdall; Moore; ideal utilitarianism; value pluralism; morality

Chapter.  11907 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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