Possible Solutions

  • Jan Österberg
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 138)


The fundamental conflict in normative ethics, I have argued, is that between consequentialism (C) and deontological ethics (D). Not only is the conflict fundamental, it is also very recalcitrant against attempts to solve, or dissolve, it. This is mirrored by the fact that there are few people who are prepared to whole-heartedly dismiss either theory as being obviously mistaken; most people, I guess, even if they finally decide for one of the theories, feel the attraction of certain features of the other. This feeling gives rise to attempts to combine or reconstruct the theories in a way that does justice to our mixed reactions to them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Österberg
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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