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Hedonistic Utilitarianism

Torbjörn Tännsjö

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This volume presents a comprehensive statement in defense of the doctrine known as classical, hedonistic utilitarianism. It is presented as a viable alternative in the search for a moral theory and the claim is defended that we need such a theory. The book offers a distinctive approach and some quite controversial conclusions. Torbjörn Tännsjö challenges the assumption that hedonistic utilitarianism is at variance with common sense morality particularly as viewed through the perspective of the modern feminist moral critique.

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About the Author

Torbjörn Tännsjö is Kristian Claëson Professor of Practical Philosophy at Stockholm University. He is author of several books including Global Democracy (EUP, 2008), Conservatism for Our Time (1990), Populist Democracy (1993), Hedonistic Utilitarianism (1998) and Understanding Ethics (2002).


A candid and forthright defence of act hedonistic utilitarianism … a timely defence. I particularly like his criticism of particularism and of theories based on the notion of personal autonomy.
- J. J. C. Smart, Swedish Research Council
Sophisticated, robust and uncompromising.
- P. J. Kelly, LSE