Rule Consequentialism

[Revised entry by Brad Hooker on November 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The theory of morality we can call full rule-consequentialism selects rules solely in terms of the goodness
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[Revised entry by Brad Hooker on November 18, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The theory of morality we can call full rule-consequentialism selects rules solely in terms of the goodness of their consequences and then claims that these rules determine which kinds of acts are morally wrong. George Berkeley was arguably the first rule-consequentialist. He wrote, "In framing the general laws of nature, it is granted we must be entirely guided by the public good of mankind, but not in the ordinary moral actions of our lives. ... The rule is framed with respect to the good of mankind; but our practice must be always shaped immediately by the rule."...

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