Economists, why so consequentialist?

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February 27, 2012
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier  
Posted in Commentary

"Philosophers typically say consequentialism is an agent-neutral moral theory. Following Doug Portmore (who denies this view), I will say that a theory is agent-neutral if it gives every agent the exact same set of aims and agent-relative otherwise. Consequentialist theories tell us that each person always has reason to maximize good and minimize bad. That is, the reasons for action it identifies are agent-neutral." (02/27/12)  

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