Inclusive Ethics

Hardcover | March 9, 2017

byIngmar Persson

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Inclusive Ethics begins from two ideas which are part of our everyday morality, namely that we have a moral reason to benefit or do good to other beings, and that justice requires these benefits to be distributed equally. A morality comprising these two general principles will be exceedinglyhard to apply as these principles will have to be balanced against each in an intuitive fashion, but also because the notion of what benefits beings is quite complex, comprising both experiential components of pleasure and successful exercises of autonomy.Ingmar Persson argues that, on philosophical reflection, these ideas turn out to be more far-reaching than we imagine. In particular, the reason to benefit commits us to benefit beings by bringing them into existence. Further, since grounds that are commonly used to justify that some are better offthan others - such as their being more deserving or having rights to more - are untenable, justice requires a more extensive equality. The book concludes by reflecting on the problems of getting people to accept a morality which differs markedly from the morality with which they have grownup.

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Inclusive Ethics begins from two ideas which are part of our everyday morality, namely that we have a moral reason to benefit or do good to other beings, and that justice requires these benefits to be distributed equally. A morality comprising these two general principles will be exceedinglyhard to apply as these principles will have t...

Ingmar Persson received his PhD in practical philosophy in 1981 before becoming a Junior Research Fellow, Lecturer, and then Professor in the same discipline at the University of Lund, Sweden. Ingmar then moved to Gothenburg to take up the chair in practical philosophy in 2004. He has also been a Part-time Distinguished Research Fellow...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.98 inPublished:March 9, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198792174

ISBN - 13:9780198792178

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IntroductionPart I: The Inclusiveness of Benefiting and Reasons of Beneficence1. Two Aspects of Things Being Intrinsically Valuable for Us: Well- Being and Autonomy2. Defence of an Inclusive View of Benefiting and Reasons of Beneficence3. Three Problems of Procreation: Replaceability, the Asymmetry, and the Non-Identity Problem4. The Repugnant Conclusion and the Non-Transitivity of Value Relations5. The End of Life and of Consciousness6. The Inclusion of Non-Human AnimalsPart II: Extreme Egalitarianism7. The Ground for the Justice of Equality8. The Badness of Unjust Inequality9. Prioritarianism and Its Problems10. Some Alternative Bases of EqualityPart III: Philosophical Thinking about how to Live11. On the Usefulness of the Principles of Beneficence and Justice12. The Point of Moral Philosophy13. Beyond Ethical Inclusiveness: The Philosophy of Life