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The Case Against Consequentialism Reconsidered


Part of the Theory and Decision Library A: book series (TDLA, volume 51)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 1-16
  3. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 17-56
  4. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 57-85
  5. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 87-180
  6. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 181-209
  7. Nikil Mukerji
    Pages 211-217
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 219-245

About this book


This book argues that critics of consequentialism have not been able to make a successful and comprehensive case against all versions of consequentialism because they have been using the wrong methodology. This methodology relies on the crucial assumption that consequentialist theories share a defining characteristic. This text interprets consequentialism, instead, as a family resemblance term. On that basis, it argues quite an ambitions claim, viz. that all versions of consequentialism should be rejected, including those that have been created in response to conventional criticisms. The book covers a number of classic themes in normative ethics, metaethics and, particularly, ethical methodology and also touches upon certain aspects of experimental moral philosophy. It is written in clear language and is analytic in its argumentative style. As such, the book should appeal to students, graduate students as well as professional academics with an interest in analytic moral philosophy.


Consequentialism Ethical methodology Family resemblance Wittgenstein Utilitarianism Deontology Reflective equilibrium Rawls Trolley cases Moral intuitions Experimental philosophy x-phi

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, and the Study of ReligionLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMunichGermany

About the authors

Nikil Mukerji is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany). He studied Economics, Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Theory in Munich, Aberdeen (UK) and Auckland (NZ) and received his PhD in Philosophy from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in 2014. His research interests include Moral Philosophy, Informal Logic and Argumentation Theory, the Philosophy of Economics, Experimental Philosophy and Metaphilosophy more broadly. He is the author of two monographs (Das Differenzprinzip und seine Realisierungsbedingungen, 2009 & Die zehn Gebote des gesunden Menschenverstandes, forthcoming) and has co-edited two volumes (Rethinking Responsibility in Science and Technology, 2014 & Order Ethics – An Ethical Framework for the Social Market Economy, forthcoming).

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