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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 HT12

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 HT12
Start Date 13th Feb 2012 4:30pm
End Date 13th Feb 2012 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Talk by Toby Ord (Oxford) 'How to be a Consequentialist About Everything’ to be held in the Lecture Room at the Philosophy Centre, 10 Merton Street.


Over the last few decades, there has been an increasing interest in global consequentialism. Where act-consequentialism assesses acts in terms of their consequences, global consequentialism goes much further, assessing acts, rules, motives --- and everything else --- in terms of the relevant consequences. Compared to act-consequentialism it offers a number of advantages: it is more expressive, it is a simpler theory, and it captures some of the benefits of rule-consequentialism without the corresponding drawbacks. In this talk, I explore the three different approaches to global consequentialism made by Parfit, Kagan, and Pettit and Smith. I break these up into their constituent components, demonstrating a space of possible global consequentialist theories, and I present a promising new theory within this space. I also show the implications of global consequentialism for the conflict between Consequentialism, Deontology, and Virtue Ethics.

All philosophers are welcome to attend, and also to join the speaker for drinks after the talk, and later for dinner.

Moral Philosophy seminar webpage

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