Journal of Value Inquiry 54 (4):571-588 (2020)

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Matthew Hammerton
Singapore Management University
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Deontic constraints prohibit an agent performing acts of a certain type even when doing so will prevent more instances of that act being performed by others. In this article I show how deontic constraints can be interpreted as either maximizing or non-maximizing rules. I then argue that they should be interpreted as maximizing rules because interpreting them as non-maximizing rules results in a problem with moral advice. Given this conclusion, a strong case can be made that consequentialism provides the best account of deontic constraints.
Keywords constraints  maximizing  deontology  consequentialism  agent-relative consequentialism  agent-centered restrictions
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DOI 10.1007/s10790-020-09731-8
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Relativized Rankings.Matthew Hammerton - 2020 - In Douglas W. Portmore (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Consequentialism. New York, USA: Oxford University Press. pp. 46-66.

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