Goodness and Justice: A Consequentialist Moral Theory (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

ISBN: 9780521859530
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2006-04-10
Number of pages: 338
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In Goodness and Justice, which was originally published in 2006, Joseph Mendola develops a unified moral theory that defends the hedonism of classical utilitarianism, while evading utilitarianism's familiar difficulties by adopting two modifications. His theory incorporates a developed form of consequentialism. When, as is common, someone is engaged in conflicting group acts, it requires that one perform one's role in that group act that is most beneficent. The theory also holds that overall value is distribution-sensitive, ceding maximum weight to the well-being of the worst-off sections of sentient lives. It is properly congruent with commonsense intuition and required by the true metaphysics of value, by the unconstituted natural good found in our world.

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