Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (4):457-466 (2011)

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Brian McElwee
University of Southampton
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Consequentialism is often charged with demandingness objections which arise in response to the theory’s commitment to impartiality. It might be thought that the only way that consequentialists can avoid such demandingness objections is by dropping their commitment to impartialism. However, I outline and defend a framework within which all reasons for action are impartially grounded, yet which can avoid demandingness objections. I defend this framework against what might appear to be a strong objection, namely the claim that anyone who accepts the theory will be practically irrational.
Keywords Consequentialism  Utilitarianism  Demandingness  Irrationality  Impartiality  Moral obligation
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