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William Godwin and the Defence of Impartialist Ethics1

  • Peter Singer (a1), Leslie Cannold (a1) and Helga Kuhse (a1)

Impartialism in ethics has been said to be the common ground shared by both Kantian and utilitarian approaches to ethics. Lawrence Blum describes this common ground as follows:

Both views identify morality with a perspective of impartiality, impersonality, objectivity and universality. Both views imply the ‘ubiquity of impartiality” – that our commitments and projects derive their legitimacy only by reference to this impartial perspective.

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R. M. Hare , Moral Thinking, Oxford, 1981, pp. 44–5.

David Lyons , Forms and Limits of Utilitarianism, Oxford, 1965

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