Is Act-Utilitarianism the ‘Ethics of Fantasy’?
Abstract:Act-utilitarianism is often criticised as an unreasonably demanding moral philosophy that commits agents to a life of ceaseless and depersonalizing do-gooding. In this essay I argue in Sidgwickian vein that the strenuousness of act-utilitarianism has been greatly exaggerated, and that the practical demands of the doctrine in the contemporary world are closer to those of common-sense morality than such critics as Derek Parfit and Brad Hooker allow.
Document Type: Original Article
Affiliations: University of Durham
Publication date: January 1, 1998