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dc.contributor.authorBreakey, Hughen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T15:02:53Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T15:02:53Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.date.modified2011-08-29T05:57:25Z
dc.identifier.issn09538208en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0953820808003373en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/40425
dc.description.abstractA recurring objection confronting utilitarianism is that its dictates require information that lies beyond the bounds of human epistemic wherewithal. Utilitarians require reliable knowledge of the social consequences of various policies, and of people's preferences and utilities. Agreeing partway with the sceptics, I concur that the general rules-of-thumb offered by social science do not provide sufficient justification for the utilitarian legislator to rationally recommend a particular political regime, such as liberalism. Actual data about human preference-structures and utilities is required tobridge this evidentiary gap. I offer two arguments to support the availability of such information. First, I contend that ordinary human beings have a clear method of epistemic access to reliable information about commensurable preference-structures. Second, in an attempt to shift the onus of philosophic argument, I show that the utilitarian legislator's requirements do not differ in kind from those implicitly called upon by the sceptical deontic liberal.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
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dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom72en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto99en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalUtilitasen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume21en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEthical Theoryen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode220305en_US
dc.titleThe Epistemic and Informational Requirements of Utilitarianismen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.rights.copyrightCopyright 2009 International Society for Utilitarian Studies. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.en_AU
gro.date.issued2009
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