Consequentialism and Commitment
Author: Norcross, Alastair
Source: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 78, Number 4, December 1997 , pp. 380-403(24)
Abstract:: It is sometimes claimed that a consequentialist theory such as utilitarianism has problems accommodating the importance of personal commitments to other people. However, by emphasizing the distinction between criteria of rightness and decision procedures, a consequentialist can allow for non-consequentialist decision procedures, such as acting directly on the promptings of natural affection. Furthermore, such non-consequentialist motivational structures can co-exist happily with a commitment to consequentialism. It is possible to be a self-reflective consequentialist who has genuine commitments to individuals and to moral principles, without engaging in self-deception.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1997-12-01