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utilitarianism, ideal

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics W. D. Ross 's term, for the type of utilitarianism initiated by Moore. In contrast to classical or hedonistic utilitarianism, which claims that consequences are good or bad depending only on pleasure or pain, Moore claims that things other than pleasure, such as knowledge and the enjoyment of beautiful objects, also determine the goodness of consequences. “In fact the theory of ‘Ideal Utilitarianism’, if I may for brevity refer so to the theory of Professor Moore, seems to simplify unduly our relations to our fellows.” Ross, The Right and the Good ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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