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Commonsense consequentialism : wherein morality meets rationality

Author: Douglas W Portmore
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2014.
Series: Oxford moral theory
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Commonsense Consequentialism is a book about morality, rationality, and the interconnections between the two. In it, Douglas W. Portmore defends a version of consequentialism that both comports with  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas W Portmore
ISBN: 9780199794539 0199794537 9780199396450 0199396450
OCLC Number: 871211139
Notes: Originally published: 2011.
Formerly CIP.
Description: xx, 266 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Why I Am Not a Utilitarian ; 1.1 Utilitarianism: The good, the bad, and the ugly ; 1.2 The plan for the rest of the book ; 1.3 My aims ; 1.4 Objective oughts and objective reasons ; 1.5 Conventions that I will follow throughout the book ; 2. Consequentialism and Moral Rationalism ; 2.1 The too-demanding objection: How moral rationalism leads us to reject utilitarianism ; 2.2 The argument against utilitarianism from moral rationalism ; 2.3 How moral rationalism compels us to accept consequentialism ; 2.4 What is consequentialism? ; 2.5 The presumptive case for moral rationalism ; 2.6 Some concluding remarks ; 3. The Teleological Conception of Practical Reasons ; 3.1 Getting clear on what the view is ; 3.2 Clearing up some misconceptions about the view ; 3.3 Scanlon's putative counterexamples to the view ; 3.4 Arguments for the view ; 4. Consequentializing Commonsense Morality ; 4.1 How to consequentialize ; 4.2 The deontic equivalence thesis ; 4.3 Beyond the deontic equivalence thesis: How consequentialist theories can do a better job of accounting for our considered moral convictions than even some nonconsequentialist theories can ; 4.4 The implications of the deontic equivalence thesis ; 4.5 An objection ; 5. Dual-Ranking Act-Consequentialism: Reasons, Morality, and Overridingness ; 5.1 Some quick clarifications ; 5.2 Moral reasons, overridingness, and agent-centered options ; 5.3 Moral reasons, overridingness, and supererogation ; 5.4 A meta-criterion of rightness and how it leads us to adopt dual-ranking act-consequentialism ; 5.5 Norcross's objection ; 5.6 Splawn's objection ; 5.7 Violations of the transitivity and independence axioms ; 6. Imperfect Reasons and Rational Options ; 6.1 Kagan's objection: Are we sacrificing rational options to get moral options? ; 6.2 Imperfect reasons and rational options ; 6.3 Securitism ; 6.4 Securitism and the basic belief ; 6.5 Securitism's suppositions and implications ; 7. Commonsense Consequentialism ; 7.1 The best version of act-utilitarianism: commonsense utilitarianism ; 7.2 Securitist consequentialism and the argument for it ; 7.3 Commonsense consequentialism and how it compares with traditional act-consequentialism ; 7.4 What has been shown and what remains to be shown
Series Title: Oxford moral theory
Responsibility: Douglas W. Portmore.

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an impressive, ambitious book - a welcome addition to the literature, especially given recent anti-consequentialist trends. Even devout non-consequentialists will be intrigued by much of it. * Read more...

 
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