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Morality, Rules, and Consequences

A Critical Reader

Edited by Brad Hooker, Elinor Mason, Dale E. Miller

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What determines whether an action is right or wrong? One appealing idea is that a moral code ought to contain a number of rules that tell people how to behave and that are simple and few enough to be easily learned. Another appealing idea is that the consequences of actions matter, often more than anything else. Rule consequentialism tries to weave these two ideas into a general theory of morality. This theory holds that morally wrong actions are the ones forbidden by rules whose acceptance would maximize the overall good.

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About the Author

Brad Hooker is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

Elinor Mason is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State University.

Dale E. Miller is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University.