Is Common-Sense Morality Self-Defeating?
Parfit (Derek)
Source: Scheffler - Consequentialism and its Critics
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Author’s Abstract

  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?

Comment:

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

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