The Rejection of Consequentialism: A Philosophical Investigation of the Considerations Underlying…

Paperback | August 1, 1994

bySamuel Scheffler

not yet rated|write a review
In contemporary philosophy, substantive moral theories are typically classified as either consequentialist or deontological. Standard consequentialist theories insist, roughly, that agents must always act so as to produce the best available outcomes overall. Standard deontological theories,by contrast, maintain that there are some circumstances where one is permitted but not required to produce the best overall results, and still other circumstances in which one is positively forbidden to do so. Classical utilitarianism is the most familiar consequentialist view, but it is widely regarded as an inadequate account of morality. Although Professor Scheffler agrees with this assessment, he also believes that consequentialism seems initially plausible, and that there is a persistent air ofparadox surrounding typical deontological views. In this book, therefore, he undertakes to reconsider the rejection of consequentialism. He argues that it is possible to provide a rationale for the view that agents need not always produce the best possible overall outcomes, and this motivates one departure from consequentialism; but he shows that it is surprisingly difficult to provide a satisfactory rationale for the view thatthere are times when agents must not produce the best possible overall outcomes. He goes on to argue for a hitherto neglected type of moral conception, according to which agents are always permitted, but not always required, to produce the best outcomes.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$52.48 online
$52.50 list price
In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From Our Editors

This is a new edition of Samuel Scheffler's widely acclaimed first book, which established him as one of today's leading moral philosophers. His reconsideration of the case against consequentialism has been highly influential, and he has now taken the opportunity to supplement the original work with three substantial subsequently publi...

From the Publisher

In contemporary philosophy, substantive moral theories are typically classified as either consequentialist or deontological. Standard consequentialist theories insist, roughly, that agents must always act so as to produce the best available outcomes overall. Standard deontological theories,by contrast, maintain that there are some ci...

From the Jacket

This is a new edition of Samuel Scheffler's widely acclaimed first book, which established him as one of today's leading moral philosophers. His reconsideration of the case against consequentialism has been highly influential, and he has now taken the opportunity to supplement the original work with three substantial subsequently publi...

Samuel Scheffler is at University of California, Berkeley.

other books by Samuel Scheffler

Equality and Tradition: Questions of Value in Moral and Political Theory
Equality and Tradition: Questions of Value in Moral and...

Kobo ebook|Jul 1 2010

$21.59 online$27.99list price(save 22%)
Equality and Tradition
Equality and Tradition

Kobo ebook|Jul 1 2010

$27.99

Death and the Afterlife
Death and the Afterlife

Kobo ebook|Aug 26 2013

$12.99

see all books by Samuel Scheffler
Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.47 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198235119

ISBN - 13:9780198235118

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Rejection of Consequentialism: A Philosophical Investigation of the Considerations Underlying Rival Moral Conceptions

Reviews

Extra Content

From Our Editors

This is a new edition of Samuel Scheffler's widely acclaimed first book, which established him as one of today's leading moral philosophers. His reconsideration of the case against consequentialism has been highly influential, and he has now taken the opportunity to supplement the original work with three substantial subsequently published essays in which he responds to criticism of the book and further develops various of its themes and arguments.