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  • 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.

publication date

  • December 1, 1997

Date in CU Experts

  • January 18, 2018 12:54 PM

Full Author List

  • Norcross A

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0279-0750

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-0114

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 380

end page

  • 403


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