COLLOQUIUM: Dale Jamieson (NYU), "Improving Progressive Consequentialism"

Location: Dodd Hall Auditorium

Abstract. Maximizing consequentialisms (especially maximizing utilitarianism) face the common objection that they make demands that are unreasonable and so not obligatory. Progressive consequentialisms moderate this objection but must deal with the converse objection that they are insufficiently demanding:  that they permit actions that cannot reasonably be permitted. This paper outlines and defends a version of Progressive Consequentialism that defeats this converse objection, differentiating it from satisficing consequentialisms in general, and presenting it as a compelling version of consequentialism.