Crisp, R. (2013). Are egoism and consequentialism self-refuting?. D. Bakhurst, B. Hooker, M. O. Little. Thinking about reasons: Themes from the philosophy of Jonathan Dancy 1-16. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.003.0006
The paper defends egoism and consequentialism against Dancy’s charge that they are self-refuting. Exegesis and criticism is provided of relevant arguments in Parfit and Dancy, and special attention is paid to the notion of blameless wrongdoing and to the act/agent distinction. The paper concludes that neither theory, if properly stated, is self-refuting, nor indeed indirectly self-defeating.
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