Utilitas

Research Article

Rule-Consequentialism and Irrelevant Others

DOUGLAS W. PORTMOREa1

a1 Arizona State University douglas.portmore@asu.edu

Abstract

In this article, I argue that Brad Hooker's rule-consequentialism implausibly implies that what earthlings are morally required to sacrifice for the sake of helping their less fortunate brethren depends on whether or not other people exist on some distant planet even when these others would be too far away for earthlings to affect.