Externalities 4. Steven Cheung: The Myth of Social Cost

This is the fourth of a series examining the moral dimensions of economic “externalities”, the spillover or incidental side effects in market activity. The series is available in expanded form, with an introductory chapter and updated essays, as an e-book … Read More

Externalities 1. A.C. Pigou: Welfare Economics

This is the first of a series examining the moral dimensions of economic “externalities”, the spillover or incidental side effects in market activity. The series is available in expanded form, with an introductory chapter and updated essays, as an e-book … Read More

Una Noche: Cuba through a Cuban lens

A friend – himself a Cuban – recently sent me his review of a made-in-Cuba movie, Una Noche.  As he notes, “the Cuba in which this movie is filmed should be a social equalizer’s paradise;” he outlines how the island … Read More

Peter Railton: Alienation, Consequentialism, and the Demands of Morality

Peter Railton’s article on alienation and consequentialism seems to me to share something of Doug Portmore’s consequentializing project.  I will briefly explain how I see that. Railton proposes taking two views of consequentialism: subjective consequentialism and objective consequentialism.  Subjective consequentialism … Read More

Jonathan Dancy: Moral Particularism

In his SEP article presenting moral particularism, Jonathan Dancy defended particularism against “absolute” and “contributory” moral generalism.  Absolute moral generalism claims that a moral principle is “a universal claim to the effect that all actions of a certain type are … Read More

Gilbert Harmon: Moral Particularism and Transduction

Gilbert Harmon considered two theories on the grounding of moral decisions, moral particularism and moral generalism.  Moral generalism holds that moral truths originate from general moral principles, or that reasonable or justified moral decisions are grounded in general moral principles.  … Read More

Douglas Portmore: Consequentializing Moral Theories

Douglas Portmore presented an intricate argument designed to preserve the “deeply compelling” theory of act-utilitarianism from its counter-intuitive implications.  In my view his argument falls short; in trying to avoid the counter-intuitive arguments against act-utilitarianism, he wrongly abandoned the central … Read More

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