The Case Against Consequentialism Reconsidered by Nikil Mukerji

By Nikil Mukerji

This booklet argues that critics of consequentialism haven't been capable of make a profitable and finished case opposed to all models of consequentialism simply because they've been utilizing the inaccurate method. this technique will depend on the an important assumption that consequentialist theories percentage a defining attribute. this article translates consequentialism, as a substitute, as a kin resemblance time period. On that foundation, it argues rather an goals declare, viz. that each one models of consequentialism might be rejected, together with those who were created according to traditional criticisms. The e-book covers a couple of vintage subject matters in normative ethics, metaethics and, rather, moral technique and likewise touches upon yes features of experimental ethical philosophy. it's written in transparent language and is analytic in its argumentative kind. As such, the publication may still entice scholars, graduate scholars in addition to specialist lecturers with an curiosity in analytic ethical philosophy.

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For, as Wilson (2009) points out, a person having a seizure is performing rather complex movements, too. But such a person should not be seen as an agent in any sense that might interest us. One striking feature of a person performing movements in a seizure is that these movements are not goal-directed. So maybe we may pick out agents in the sense that is relevant here by the fact that they are doing something in a goal-directed manner? This, too, is problematic. For, as Frankfurt (1978) remarks, a spider moving about on a table seems to control its legs in a goal-directed manner as well.

Wellman 1972, 86) It seems, however, that this is not how ethicists have standardly proceeded. Questions concerning the nature of agency, if they are discussed at all, are not discussed in much detail. There are, I believe, two reasons for this. For one thing, the debate in philosophical action theory is simply too complex. There are innumerable positions as regards human agency. And, worse yet, there is hardly any common ground between them. , there is not even agreement on what kind of a thing an act is or whether acts even belong to any unified category of things.

Type-1 heuristics use morally relevant information, but ignore some of it. That is, they use the same information as the criterion of rightness. However, they either ignore some of the information about all available act options or all of the information about some of them. Type-2 heuristics use information that is, in itself, morally irrelevant. 25 Let us briefly consider the motivation for each strategy. The motivation of the Direct Strategy appears to be clear. It seems as though the safest way to ensure that we act rightly is to ascertain directly whether our acts possess the relevant features e1 , : : : , en that make them right.

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