Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality
By: Brad Hooker (author)Paperback
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What are appropriate criteria for assessing a theory of morality? In Ideal Code, Real World, Brad Hooker begins by answering this question, and then argues for a rule-consequentialist theory. According to rule-consequentialism, acts should be assessed morally in terms of impartially justified rules, and rules are impartially justified if and only if the expected overall value of their general internalization is at least as great as for any alternative rules. In the course of developing his rule-consequentialism, Hooker discusses impartiality, well-being, fairness, equality, the question of how the 'general internalization' of rules is to be interpreted by rule-consequentialism, and the main objections to rule-consequentialism. He also discusses the social contract theory of morality, act-consequentialism, and the question of which moral prohibitions and which duties to help others rule-consequentialism endorses. The last part of the book considers the implications of rule-consequentialism for some current controversies in practical ethics.
Brad Hooker is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading.
1. Introduction ; 2. What are the rules to promote? ; 3. Questions of formulation ; 4. Is rule-consequentialism guilty of collapse or incoherence? ; 5. Predictability and convention ; 6. Prohibitions and special obligations ; 7. Act-consequentialism ; 8. Rule-consequntialism and doing good for the world ; 9. Help with practical problems ; Afterword ; Notes ; References ; Index
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