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People in Suitcases

Kowalczyk, K; (2022) People in Suitcases. Journal of Moral Philosophy , 155 (2) pp. 1-28. 10.1163/17455243-19030009. Green open access

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Ex-ante deontology is an attempt to combine deontological constraints on doing or intending harm with the idea that one should act in everyone's interest if possible. I argue that ex-ante deontology has serious problems in cases where multiple decisions are to be made over time. I then argue that these problems force us to choose between commonsense deontological morality and a more consequentialist morality. I suggest that we should choose the latter.

Type: Article
Title: People in Suitcases
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1163/17455243-19030009
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1163/17455243-19030009
Language: English
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Keywords: Deontology; consequentialism; the veil of ignorance; decision theory
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10158178
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