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Rule-Consequentialism and Irrelevant Others


In this article, I argue that Brad Hooker's rule-consequentialism implausibly implies that what earthlings are morally required to sacrifice for the sake of helping their less fortunate brethren depends on whether or not other people exist on some distant planet even when these others would be too far away for earthlings to affect.

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Peter Unger , Living High and Letting Die (Oxford, 1996)

Brad Hooker , ‘Reply to Arneson and McIntyre’, Philosophical Issues 15 (2005), pp. 268–9

Brad Hooker , ‘Rule-Consequentialism and Obligations toward the Needy’, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 79 (1998), pp. 28–9

Tim Mulgan , ‘Rule Consequentialism and Famine’, Analysis 54 (1994)

Richard Arneson , ‘Sophisticated Rule Consequentialism: Some Simple Objections’, Philosophical Issues 15 (2005)

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