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Ideal Code, Real World a Rule-Consequentialist Theory of Morality [Paperback]

Brad Hooker
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3 Oct 2002
What are the appropriate criteria for assessing a theory of morality? In this enlightening work, Brad Hooker begins by answering this question. He then argues for a rule-consequentialist theory which, in part, asserts that acts should be assessed morally in terms of impartially justified rules. In the end, he considers the implications of rule-consequentialism for several current controversies in practical ethics, making this clearly written, engaging book the best overall statement of this approach to ethics.

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (3 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199256578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199256570
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Hooker's book covers a lot of ground, and does so in a stimulating and often convincing way" -- THEORIA, A Swedish Journal of Philosophy

"This book seems to me the best statement and defence, so far, of one of the most important moral theories." -- Derek Parfit, University of Oxford

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Brad Hooker is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading.

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Shouldn't we try to live by the moral code whose communal acceptance would, as far as we can tell, have the best consequences? Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for anyone interested in ethics 25 May 2003
By Rob
Clearly this book will be of particular interest to anyone interested in consequentialist theories of ethics. However, I must stress that this is simply a fantastic book on ethics generally. As usual, Hooker's writing is clear and accessible, and a joy to read. Essentially, there are two reasons one might read this book. First, for Hooker's personal contribution to the subject of moral theory, defending his particular idea of rule consequentialism. Second, as a general book on moral philosophy, covering issues that are relevant to any moral philosopher, however unsympathetic they are to consequentialist theories. The book scores top marks on both counts. It is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in consequentialism, but will also be very beneficial to anyone studying moral philosophy at any level. The arguments are sophisticated enough to be of interest to professional philosophers (see the reviews by Pettit and Parfit among others) while also being accessible to undergraduates with little or no prior experience in philosophy. A great achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated and Accessible Moral Philosophy 3 Jan 2002
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This original and important work of contemporary moral philosophy develops a sophisticated version of rule-consequentialism: the view, roughly speaking, that we should act according to the set of rules that, if internalized by most people, would be expected to lead to the best consequences. The argument is rigorous and nuanced, while being accessible and interesting to the general reader. To take one example, Hooker offers a thought-provoking discussion of how much members of affluent western societies are morally required to do to help the needy. Anyone interested in how academic philosophy addresses central issues of how one should live could not do better than this clearly written, powerfully argued, thoughtful book.
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, worthwhile read 2 Oct 2013
By Kivaan - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an intriguing defense of a theory that I had always thought discredited, but Hooker does a good job offering it as an alternative to contractarianism. He moved through metaethics and moral motivation to "normative ethics" to "applied ethics" in a sensible way. It's all very accessible, and the length of the book is much more friendly than, say, Rawls or Parfit. While I do take issue with his arguments against act-consequentialism relying on the demandingness objection, that might just be me—and even then, it was a good read!
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-Consequential Theory of Morality: -- Top drawer, like always! 17 Dec 2012
By Bob McAtee - Published on Amazon.com
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HRC-- 'Hooker Rules Consequences' -- is a credit to R.M. Hare, because he thinks through his teacher's arguments, logically. HRC deepens the original insight without distorting it: -- an insight which is or ought to be thematic in all horizons. Give it a try!
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