The Utilitarian Response: Essays on the Contemporary Viability of Utilitarian Political Philosophy

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This book explores the capacity of utilitarianism to respond to the challenge of theories such as those of Rawls, Nozick and Dworkin, which focus primarily on the individual.

Its central questions concern the intellectual coherence and moral acceptability of utilitarian answers to important problems, including health care, punishment and electoral arrangements. Its key themes are the relationship between private ethics and public policy, between utility and freedom, utility and ...

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Overview

This book explores the capacity of utilitarianism to respond to the challenge of theories such as those of Rawls, Nozick and Dworkin, which focus primarily on the individual.

Its central questions concern the intellectual coherence and moral acceptability of utilitarian answers to important problems, including health care, punishment and electoral arrangements. Its key themes are the relationship between private ethics and public policy, between utility and freedom, utility and democracy, and the role and limitations of states, both internally and internationally.

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'...The Utilitarian Response is unique in the breadth of problems and questions in utilitarian theory covered. It is more suggestive of strategies by which contemporary utilitarianism could be improved than a comprehensive reply to recent objections to utilitarianism. It should be of great interest to scholars in ethical theory and political philosophy. It would also serve well as a text for a graduate level seminar" - Utilitas

'...all the essays are theoretically informed, argumentative and exceptionally interesting; nearly all try to paint the merits (and demerits) of utilitarianism as a political philosophy in the light of attempted solutions to theoretical problems that are explored in some detail. The result is a searching, thoughtful volume' - Ethics

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Table of Contents

Utilitarianism - Lincoln Allison
What is it and Why Should it Respond?
The Utilitarian Ethics of Punishment and Torture - Lincoln Allison
Justice and Utility in Health Care - John Day
A Stage in Moral Development - Paul Lucardie
Choice and Utility - Samuel Brittan
Individual Choice and the Retreat from Utilitarianism - Andrew Reeve
Utilitarianism, Conservatism and Social Policy - John R Gibbins
Government House Utilitarianism - Robert E Goodin
Utilitarian Ethics and Democratic Government - Jonathan Riley
Benthamism as 'Positive', Rational Choice, Theory of Democracy. Does it Work? - Ian Budge

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