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Act-Consequentialism and Permitting Too Much

Author(s): Tanya Ward

Journal: Philosophical Frontiers : A Journal of Emerging Thought
ISSN 1758-1532

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Act-Consequentialism | Unified | Moral | Theory

In this paper I focus on act-consequentialism – one of the moreextreme versions of consequentialism – and the charge of permitting too much. I examine whether this version of consequentialism does indeed permit too much, and, if it does, whether it must be discarded with the rest of our failed philosophies. My aim is to illuminate the notion that, while it is plausible that act-consequentialism does not in fact permit too much, even if it did, we need not,contrary to expectation, rid ourselves of the theory – in fact, we not only ought to embrace it for what it is worth, but also, we ought to recognize the possibility of its enduring place in a unified moral theory.
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