This chapter suggests that the nearest and dearest objection is best understood as attempting to show that consequentialism is, in Parfit terms, 'indirectly collectively self-defeating'. The concern is that if significant numbers of us act to maximize neutral value we will end up living lives which are not worth living - not worth living because we will have given up precisely those projects that make our lives worth living. Consequentialism is thus indirectly collectively self-defeating: adhering to the injunction to act so as to maximize neutral value is likely to render us all worse off.
|Title of host publication||Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals|
|Subtitle of host publication||Themes from the Philosophy of Frank Jackson|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2010|
- Frank jackson