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Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed,9780826498090

Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed



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Utilitarianism is the ethical theory advanced by Jeremy Bentham, J.S. Mill and Henry Sidgwick and has contributed significantly to contemporary moral and political philosophy. Yet it is not without controversy and is a subject that students can often find particularly perplexing. Utilitarianism: A Guide for the Perplexed offers a concise, yet fully comprehensive introduction to utilitarianism, its historical roots, key themes, and current debates.

Author Biography

Krister Bykvist is a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Nature and Assessment of Moral Theoriesp. 7
What is Utilitarianism?p. 16
Well-Beingp. 33
Utilitarian Aggregationp. 57
A User-Friendly Guide to Action?p. 78
Is Utilitarianism Too Demanding?p. 98
Is Utilitarianism Too Permissive?p. 112
The Way Outcomes are Brought Aboutp. 128
The Place of Rules in Utilitarianismp. 142
Conclusionsp. 158
Notesp. 165
Indexp. 171
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