Morality, Rules, and Consequences A Critical Reader

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What determines whether an action is right or wrong? Morality, Rules, and Consequences: A Critical Reader explores for students and researchers the relationship between consequentialist theory and moral rules. Most of the chapters focus on rule consequentialism or on the distinction between act and rule versions of consequentialism. Contributors, among them the leading philosophers in the discipline, suggest ways of assessing whether rule consequentialism could be a satisfactory moral theory. These essays, all of which are previously unpublished, provide students in moral philosophy with essential material and ask key questions on just what the criteria for an adequate moral theory might be.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(5)
Brad Hooker
Elinor Mason
Dale E. Miller
Between Act and Rule: The Consequentialism of G. E. Moore
William H. Shaw
The Educational Equivalence of Act and Rule Utilitarianism
Sanford S. Levy
Defending Rule Utilitarianism
Jonathan Riley
Values, Obligations, and Saving Lives
D. W. Haslett
The Moral Opacity of Utilitarianism
David Lyons
Global Consequentialism
Philip Pettit
Michael Smith
Evaluative Focal Points
Shelly Kagan
Hooker's Use and Abuse of Reflective Equilibrium
Dale E. Miller
Consequentialism and the Subversion of Pluralism
Alan Thomas
Why Rule Consequentialism is not Superior to Ross-style Pluralism
Phillip Montague
Ruling Out Rule Consequentialism
Tim Mulgan
Reflective Equilibrium and Rule Consequentialism
Brad Hooker
Rule Consequentialism and the Value of Friendship
Madison Powers
Notes on Contributors 255(2)
Index 257

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