rule utilitarianism

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  • Rule egoism — is the doctrine under which an individual evaluates the optimal set of rules according to whether conformity to those rules bring the most benefit to himself. [Kagan, Shelly. 1998. Normative Ethics. Westview Press. p. 199] Referencesee alsoRule… …   Wikipedia

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  • utilitarianism — /yooh til i tair ee euh niz euhm/, n. the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons. [1820 30; UTILITARIAN + ISM] * * * Ethical… …   Universalium

  • Two-level utilitarianism — is a utilitarian theory of ethics developed by R. M. Hare.cite book |last=McNaughton |first=David A. |title=Moral Vision |year=1988 |publisher=Blackwell Publishing |pages=177 |isbn=0631159452] According to the theory, a person s moral decisions… …   Wikipedia

  • Act utilitarianism — is a utilitarian theory of ethics which states that the morally right action is the one which produces the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people. Act utilitarianism is opposed to rule utilitarianism, which states that the …   Wikipedia

  • Preference utilitarianism — is quite probably the most popular form of utilitarianism in contemporary philosophy. In the same way as other utilitarian theorists, preference utilitarians define a morally right action as that which produces the most favourable consequences… …   Wikipedia

  • golden rule — Synonyms and related words: Christian ethics, Stoicism, a priori truth, altruistic ethics, aretaics, axiom, brocard, canon, casuistry, categorical imperative, code, commandment, comparative ethics, convention, deontology, dictate, dictum,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • ethics — /eth iks/, n.pl. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture. 2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics;… …   Universalium

  • Consequentialism — is the class of normative ethical theories holding that the consequences of one s conduct are the ultimate basis for any judgment about the rightness of that conduct. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right act (or omission) is… …   Wikipedia

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