9.12.2007 Problems with consequentialism

9.12.2007 Problems with consequentialism - Problems with...

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Unformatted text preview: Problems with consequentialism I The good (again) Knowledge Test Cases Too demanding Problems with Act Consequentialism There is no consensus on what the good is.- We've discussed this quite a bit.- We won't talk about it much here, but it should be mentioned.- After all, what are we supposed maximize if we don't know what the good is? Problems with Act Consequentialism cont. The epistemology of consequences- We can never KNOW which action produces the most good. That would seem to require a super-human intelligence (and we are, by definition, not super human) Must be over all time and consequences Must know how to quantify the good.- If we can't know which action produces the most good, then we can't use consequentialism to determine which actions to perform. So, maybe not decidable for US. Response- Consequentialism is a criterion of rightness, not a decision procedure. Test Cases The major objections to consequentialism is that it does not get some cases right. that it does not get some cases right....
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