Consequentialism / Edition 1

Consequentialism / Edition 1

by Julia Driver
ISBN-10:
0415772583
ISBN-13:
2900415772586
Pub. Date:
02/01/2012
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Overview

Consequentialism / Edition 1

Consequentialism is the view that the rightness or wrongness of actions depend solely on their consequences. It is one of the most influential, and controversial, of all ethical theories. In this book, Julia Driver introduces and critically assesses consequentialism in all its forms.

After a brief historical introduction to the problem, Driver examines utilitarianism, and the arguments of its most famous exponents, John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham, and explains the fundamental questions underlying utilitarian theory: what value is to be specified and how it is to be maximized. Driver also discusses indirect forms of consequentialism, the important theories of motive consequentialism and virtue consequentialism, and explains why the distinction between subjective and objective consequentialism is so important.

Including helpful features such as a glossary, chapter summaries, and annotated further reading at the end of each chapter, Consequentialism is ideal for students seeking an authoritative and clearly explained survey of this important problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900415772586
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: New Problems of Philosophy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Classical Utilitarianism 2. Value 3. Maximization 4. Aggregation 5. Objective and Subjective Consequentialism 6. Indirection 7. Character Assessment 8. Consequentialism as Foundational in Normative Ethics. Glossary. Bibliography. Index

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