Consequentialism : New Directions, New Problems

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Consequentialism is a focal point of discussion and a driving force behind important developments in moral philosophy. Recently, the debate has shifted in focus and in style. By seeking to consequentialize rival moral theories, in particular those with agent-relative characteristics, and by framing accounts in terms of reasons rather than in terms of value, an emerging new wave consequentialism has presented - at much higher levels of abstraction - theories
which proved extremely flexible and powerful in meeting long-standing and influential objections. This volume of new essays on new wave consequentialism initiates and stimulates novel lines of discussions among proponents and their critics. The contributions explore new directions in new wave
consequentialism and present refined conceptual frameworks (in Part I), raise challenging fundamental problems for these frameworks and the new wave's theoretical basis (in Part II), and give a balanced assessment of the new wave's limits and achievements in specific contexts of commonsense moral practice (in Part III). The volume will be of interest to all readers in ethical and moral theory.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 164 x 243 x 25mm | 522g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 019027011X
  • 9780190270117
  • 2,896,744

Table of contents

1. New Wave Consequentialism: An Introduction Christian Seidel

Part 1: Directions - Exploring New Wave Consequentialism
2. World-Centered Value Jamie Dreier
3. Multidimensional Consequentialism and Population Ethics Martin Peterson
4. Consequentialism and Coordination: How Traditional Consequentialism has an Attitude Problem Douglas W. Portmore
5. Fittingness Objections to Consequentialism Richard Yetter Chappell

Part II: Problems - Scrutinizing the New Wave's Theoretical Basis
6. The Good of Consequentialized Deontology Monika Betzler and Joerg Schroth
7. The Restrictions of Consequentialism Jan Gertken
8. Commonsense Consequentialism, Moral Rationalism, and Options Dale Dorsey
9. New Consequentialism and the New Doing-Allowing Distinction Paul Hurley
10. Consequentialism, Rationality, and Kantian Respect Tim Henning

Part III: Scope - Assessing New Wave Consequentialism in Context
12. Consequentialism and Moral Responsibility Elinor Mason
13. Kantianism, Consequentialism and Deterrence Steven Sverdlik

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I highly recommend Seidel's book to anyone interested in contemporary work on consequentialism. * David Cummiskey, Bates College, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (NDPR) *
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About Christian Seidel

Christian Seidel is Professor of Philosophy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His main interests include personal autonomy (the topic of his book Selbst bestimmen. Eine philosophische Untersuchung personaler Autonomie), issues in moral and political philosophy (consequentialism, moralism, distributive justice, egalitarianism, climate ethics, and the ethics of risk) as well as British moral and social philosophy in the 19th century (John
Stuart Mill and Henry Sidgwick).
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