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The Dimensions of Consequentialism
Ethics, Equality and Risk

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  • Author: Martin Peterson, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands; Texas A & M University
  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107540606

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  • Consequentialism, one of the major theories of normative ethics, maintains that the moral rightness of an act is determined solely by the act's consequences. The traditional form of consequentialism is one-dimensional, in that the rightness of an act is a function of a single moral aspect, such as the sum total of wellbeing it produces. In this book Martin Peterson introduces a new type of consequentialist theory: multidimensional consequentialism. According to this theory, an act's moral rightness depends on several separate dimensions, including individual wellbeing, equality and risk. Peterson's novel approach shows that moral views about equality and risk that were previously thought to be mutually incompatible can be rendered compatible, and his precise theoretical discussion helps the reader to understand better the distinction between consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories. His book will interest a wide range of readers in ethics.

    • Analyses equality and risk from a multidimensional perspective
    • Explores the relation and distinction between consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories
    • Articulates common sense views about ethics in a precise, consequentialist theoretical framework
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    '… full of mathematical proofs and engages with related literature and selected intuitions …' S. E. Forschler, Choice

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    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107540606
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Degrees of rightness
    3. First dimension: persons
    4. Second dimension: equality
    5. Third dimension: risk
    6. Multidimensional decision making
    7. The best one-dimensional theory
    8. The limits of consequentialism
    Appendix: multidimensional deontic logic.

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    Martin Peterson, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands; Texas A & M University
    Martin Peterson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. He is author of Non-Bayesian Decision Theory (2008) and An Introduction to Decision Theory (Cambridge, 2009).

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