Is Common-Sense Morality Self-Defeating?
Parfit (Derek)
Source: Scheffler - Consequentialism and its Critics
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  1. When is a moral theory self-defeating? I suggest the following. There are certain things we ought to try to achieve. Call these our moral aims.
  2. Our moral theory would be self-defeating if we believed we ought to do what will cause our moral aims to be worse achieved. Is this ever true? If so, what does it show?


Originally from The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 76, No. 10, (Oct., 1979), pp. 533-545

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