What Pedro could do

Woodard, Christopher (2007) What Pedro could do. Other. University of Nottingham, Nottingham. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper discusses Bernard Williams's famous case of Jim and the Indians. It contrasts two ways of diagnosing the alleged errors of Act Utilitarianism in considering this case. One approach suggests that Act Utilitarianism fails to appreciate the importance of what Jim does; it fails to understand the significance of Jim's agency. This paper favours an alternative diagnosis, according to which Act Utilitarianism fails to appreciate the importance of what Pedro could do; it fails to understand the significance of Pedro's agency.

Item Type:Monograph (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Consequentialism, doing and allowing, Jim and the Indians
Schools/Departments:Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Philosophy
ID Code:648
Deposited By:Woodard, Christopher
Deposited On:30 Oct 2007 14:11
Last Modified:04 Dec 2011 22:01

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