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The Limits of utilitarianism

Responsibility edited by Harlan B. Miller and William H. Williams
Material Type Book
Publisher Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press
Year c1982
Language English
Size x, 315 p. ; 24 cm
Abstract Many philosophers have argued that utilitarianism is an unacceptable moral theory and that promoting the general welfare is at best only one of the legitimate goals of public policy. Utilitarian prin...iples seem to place no limits on the extent to which society may legitimately interfere with a person's liberties - provided that such actions can be shown to promote the long-term welfare of its members. These issues have played a central role in discussions of utilitarianism since the time of Bentham and Mill. Despite criticisms, utilitarianism remains the most influential and widely accepted moral theory of recent times. In this volume contemporary philosophers address four aspects of utilitarianism: the principle of utility; utilitarianism vis-a-vis contractarianism; welfare; and voluntary cooperation and helping others. The editors provide an introduction and a comprehensive bibliography that covers all books and articles published in utilitarianism since 1930.
Many philosophers have argued that utilitarianism is an unacceptable moral theory and that promoting the general welfare is at best only one of the legitimate goals of public policy. Utilitarian principles seem to place no limits on the extent to which society may legitimately interfere with a person's liberties - provided that such actions can be shown to promote the long-term welfare of its members. These issues have played a central role in discussions of utilitarianism since the time of Bentham and Mill. Despite criticisms, utilitarianism remains the most influential and widely accepted moral theory of recent times. In this volume contemporary philosophers address four aspects of utilitarianism: the principle of utility; utilitarianism vis-a-vis contractarianism; welfare; and voluntary cooperation and helping others. The editors provide an introduction and a comprehensive bibliography that covers all books and articles published in utilitarianism since 1930.
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pbk. Central Library ASRS 068172182026598 151.7/L 62/1 1982

Bibliographic details

Notes Bibliography: p. 255-299
Includes index
Authors Miller, Harlan B.
Williams, William H. (William Hatton), 1934-
Subjects LCSH:Utilitarianism
Classification LCC:B843
DC19:144/.6
ID 1000478850
ISBN 0816610444
NCID BA01162985
Vol ISBN:0816610444 ; PRICE:$25.00
pbk. ; ISBN:0816610479 ; PRICE:$10.95
Created Date 2009.09.14
Modified Date 2009.09.14

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