© 1993

Morality and Rational Choice


Part of the Theory and Decision Library book series (TDLA, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 1-14
  3. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 15-29
  4. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 31-48
  5. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 49-73
  6. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 75-86
  7. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 87-97
  8. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 99-120
  9. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 121-137
  10. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 139-150
  11. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 151-166
  12. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 167-178
  13. Jonathan Baron
    Pages 179-189
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 191-207

About this book


Public controversies - such as those about the distribution of goods between rich and poor, trade and population policies, allocation of medical resources, and the tradeoff between environment al protection and economic efficiency - often hinge on fundamental views about how we ought to make decisions tImt affect each other, that is, what principles we ought to follow. Efforts to find an acceptable public philosophy, a set of such principles on which people might agree, have foundered because of dis agreement among philosophers and others who are concerned with such issues. One view, which I shall develop and defend here, holds that decisions that affect others should be made according to an overall evaluation of the consequences of each option. This consequentialist view is opposed by a variety of alternatives, but many of the alternatives have in COlllmon a basis in moral intuition. To take a simple example, consequentialism holds that, other things equal, if we have decided that it is better to let a terminally ill patient die than to prolong her agony by keeping her alive, then we ought to kill her.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Morality and Rational Choice
  • Authors J. Baron
  • Series Title Theory and Decision Library
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-2276-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4270-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8226-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy, general
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