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What Pedro could do

Woodard, Christopher

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Christopher Woodard



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.

Book Type Monograph
Publication Date Oct 11, 2007
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Woodard, C. (2007). What Pedro could do. University of Nottingham
Keywords Consequentialism, doing and allowing, Jim and the Indians
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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