The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism

The Cambridge Companion to Utilitarianism

by Ben Eggleston and Professor Dale E. Miller

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 30/01/2014

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Utilitarianism, the approach to ethics based on the maximization of overall well-being, continues to have great traction in moral philosophy and political thought. This Companion offers a systematic exploration of its history, themes, and applications. First, it traces the origins and development of utilitarianism via the work of Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Henry Sidgwick, and others. The volume then explores issues in the formulation of utilitarianism, including act versus rule utilitarianism, actual versus expected consequences, and objective versus subjective theories of well-being. Next, utilitarianism is positioned in relation to Kantianism and virtue ethics, and the possibility of conflict between utilitarianism and fairness is considered. Finally, the volume explores the modern relevance of utilitarianism by considering its practical implications for contemporary controversies such as military conflict and global warming. The volume will be an important resource for all those studying moral philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, and history of ideas.
ISBN:
9781107656710
9781107656710
Category:
Ethics & moral philosophy
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
30-01-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
406
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x21mm
Weight:
0.59kg

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