Utilitarianism, hedonism, and desert : essays in moral philosophy

Fred Feldman

Fred Feldman is an important philosopher, who has made a substantial contribution to utilitarian moral philosophy. This collection of ten previously published essays plus a new introductory essay reveal the striking originality and unity of his views. Feldman's version of utilitarianism differs from traditional forms in that it evaluates behaviour by appeal to the values of accessible worlds. These worlds are in turn evaluated in terms of the amounts of pleasure they contain, but the conception of pleasure involved is a novel one and the formulation of hedonism improved. In Feldman's view pleasure is not a feeling but a propositional attitude. He also deals with problems of justice that affect standard forms of utilitarianism. The collection is ideally suited for courses on contemporary utilitarian theory.

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  • Introduction
  • Part I. Utilitarianism: 1. World utilitarianism
  • 2. On the extensional equivalence of simple and general utilitarianism
  • 3. The principle of moral harmony
  • 4. On the consistency of act and motive utilitarianism
  • Part II. Hedonism: 5. Two questions about pleasure
  • 6. Mill, Moore, and the consistency of qualified Hedonism
  • 7. On the intrinsic value of pleasures
  • Part III. Desert: 8. Adjusting utility for justice
  • 9. Desert: reconsideration of some received wisdom
  • 10. Justice, desert, and the repugnant conclusion
  • Index of subjects
  • Index of persons
  • Index of cases.

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書名 Utilitarianism, hedonism, and desert : essays in moral philosophy
著作者等 Feldman, Fred
Dancy, Jonathan
Haldane, John
Harman, Gilbert
Jackson, Frank
Lycan, William G.
Shoemaker, Sydney
Thomson, Judith Jarvis
Sosa, Ernest
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in philosophy
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1997
ページ数 ix, 220 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521598427
NCID BA33062594
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス