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David Sobel (Syracuse): The Impotence of the Demandingness Objection

Date and time

Mon, 10/07/2017 - 12:30 - 14:00


Coombs Seminar Room A

My thesis is that the Demandingness Objection cannot itself provide good reason to break with Consequentialism since it must presuppose the truth of prior and independent breaks with the view. The way the Objection measures the demandingness of an ethical theory reflects rather than justifies already being in the grip of key anti-Consequentialist conclusions. We should reject Consequentialism independently of the Objection or not at all.

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