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Developing Deontology: New Essays in Ethical Theory

Brad Hooker (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-6194-0
136 pages
April 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Developing Deontology consists of six new essays in ethical theory by leading contemporary moral philosophers. Each essay considers concepts prominent in the development of deontological approaches to ethics, and these essays offer an invaluable contribution to that development.
  • Essays are contributed by Michael Smith, Philip Stratton-Lake, Ralph Wedgewood, David Owens, Peter Vallentyne, and Elizabeth Harman - all leading contemporary moral philosophers
  • Each essay offers an original and previously unpublished contribution to the subject
  • A significant addition to the field for anyone with an interest in the development of deontology
  • The collection is edited by a leading philosophical scholar
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vi

1 Deontological Moral Obligations and Non-Welfarist Agent-Relative Values 1
Michael Smith

2 Recalcitrant Pluralism 15
Philip Stratton-Lake

3 Defending Double Effect 35
Ralph Wedgwood

4 The Possibility of Consent 53
David Owens

5 Enforcement Rights against Non-Culpable Non-Just Intrusion 73
Peter Vallentyne

6 Does Moral Ignorance Exculpate? 95
Elizabeth Harman

Index 121

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Author Information

Brad Hooker is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. He has been most closely associated with discussions of rule-consequentialism, although he has published papers on a wide variety of topics in ethical theory, including the idea that moral principles must be suitable for public acceptance. He is the author of Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-Consequentialist Theory of Morality (2000) and the editor of Rationality, Rules, and Utility (1993), and Truth in Ethics (1997). Professor Hooker is an associate editor of Ratio and the editor-in-chief of Utilitas.

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“The essays in Developing Deontologyare of high quality, and their richness and diversity means that a wide range of readers will find their pages much interesting.”  (The Philosophical Quarterly, 1 January 2014)

“Every author offers us a highly insightful and clarifying contribution.”  (Ethical Perspectives, 1 September 2013)

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