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Goodness and Justice

Goodness and Justice
A Consequentialist Moral Theory

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  • Date Published: May 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511190124

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  • In Goodness and Justice, Joseph Mendola develops a unified moral theory that defends the hedonism of classical utilitarianism, while evading utilitarianism's familiar difficulties by adopting two modifications. His theory incorporates a developed form of consequentialism. When, as is common, someone is engaged in conflicting group acts, it requires that one perform one's role in that group act that is most beneficent. The theory also holds that overall value is distribution-sensitive, ceding maximum weight to the well-being of the worst-off sections of sentient lives. It is properly congruent with commonsense intuition and required by the true metaphysics of value, by the unconstituted natural good found in our world.

    • Develops a different form of consequentialism
    • Integrates distributive justice and goodness
    • Treats normative and meta-ethical issues in a unified way
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    Review of the hardback: 'Mendola follows the arguments wherever they lead him, undaunted and proud, no matter how unlikely the conclusion. Goodness and Justice is not just provocative, however. It is a rewarding and challenging book thoroughly packed with relentless and systematic arguments.' Utilitas

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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511190124
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. A Better Consequentialism:
    2. Multiple-act consequentialism
    3. Three objections
    Part II. Hedonism:
    4. Intuitive hedonism
    5. Natural good
    Part III. MAXIMIN:
    6. Just Construction
    7. Maximin, risks, and flecks
    Part IV. Advice for Atomic Agents:
    8. A coda.

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    Joseph Mendola, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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