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The College at Brockport: State University of New York

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The Role Of Impartial Consequentialism In The United States Government, Nichole Sands May 2016

The Role Of Impartial Consequentialism In The United States Government, Nichole Sands

Senior Honors Theses

When forming a government one must consider how the laws of the state will align with moral principles. One such possible moral principle is called ‘impartial consequentialism’. That is the thesis according to which an action is morally right if and only if it maximizes the aggregate good. This honors thesis will discuss three issues. The first issue is whether and to what extent impartial consequentialism has influenced the formation of the United States government. The second issue is the apparent conflict between the Bill of Rights and the concept of impartial consequentialism. The third issue involves a potential objection ...