Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy

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Mai 1995



Robert E. Goodin, a philosopher with many books on political theory, public policy and applied ethics to his credit, defends utilitarianism against its critics and shows how it can be applied most effectively over a wide range of public policies. In discussions of such issues as paternalism, social welfare policy, international ethics, nuclear armaments, and international responses to the environment crisis, he demonstrates what a flexible tool his brand of utilitarianism can be in confronting the dilemmas of public policy in the real world.


Part I. Introduction: Moral Bases of State Action: 1. Utilitarianism as a public philosophy; 2. The state as a moral agent; Part II. Morality, Public and Private: 3. Do motives matter?; 4. Government house utilitarianism; Part III. Shaping Private Conduct: 5. Responsibilities; 6. Distributing credit and blame; 7. Apportioning responsibilities; Part IV. Shaping Public Policies: Section A. Respecting and overriding preferences: 8. Liberalism and the best-judge principle; 9. Laundering preferences; 10. Heroic measures and false hopes; 11. Theories of compensation; Section B. Ensuring social security: 12. Stabilising expectations; 13. Compensation and redistribution; 14. Basic income; 15. Relative needs; C. International ethics; 16. What is so special about our fellow countrymen?; 17. Nuclear disarmament as a moral certainty; 18. International ethics and the environmental crisis; References; Index.


'... there is a great deal in this richly argued book for both moral philosophers and social scientists in general.' Roger Crisp, Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521462631
ISBN: 0521462630
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Philosoph'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1995
Seitenanzahl: 368 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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