Utilitarianism: For and Against

Utilitarianism: For and Against

J. J. C. Smart


essays on utilitarianism, written from contrary issues of view, by way of J. J. C. clever and Bernard Williams. within the first a part of the ebook Professor shrewdpermanent advocates a latest and complex model of classical utilitarianism; he attempts to formulate a constant and persuasive elaboration of the doctrine that the rightness and wrongness of activities is decided exclusively via their results, and specifically their outcomes for the sum overall of human happiness. partially II Bernard Williams deals a sustained and lively critique of utilitarian assumptions, arguments and beliefs. He unearths insufficient the idea of motion implied by way of utilitarianism, and he argues that utilitarianism fails to have interaction at a significant point with the genuine difficulties of ethical and political philosophy, and fails to make feel of notions corresponding to integrity, or perhaps human happiness itself. This ebook might be of curiosity to welfare economists, political scientists and decision-theorists.

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