For and Against

Recommended by David Edmonds, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #8 in Utilitarianism

A serious and controversial work in which the authors contribute essays from opposite points of view on utilitarian assumptions, arguments and ideals. less

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David Edmonds This is a book of two halves. The first half is written by a very eminent Australian philosopher and I can’t remember a word of it, but the second half was important to me. I was a pretty pure utilitarian until I read it, and it countered a lot of the influence of Peter Singer. Williams is a critic of utilitarianism – he thinks it is a deeply simplistic way to view the moral world. He gives a couple of famous examples which illustrate why, and which show the aspects of morality which utilitarianism can’t capture. (Source)

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