Analysis 79 (2):193-202 (2019)

Johan E. Gustafsson
University of York
A compelling requirement on normative theories is that they should be satisfiable, that is, in every possible choice situation with a finite number of alternatives, there should be at least one performable act such that, if one were to perform that act, one would comply with the theory. In this paper, I argue that, given some standard assumptions about free will and counterfactuals, Objective Act Consequentialism violates this requirement.
Keywords Act Consequentialism  satisfiability  moral dilemmas  soft determinism  counterfactuals  normative invariance
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DOI 10.1093/analys/any026
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