The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (Oxford Handbooks) by Keith E. Whittington

By Keith E. Whittington

The research of legislations and politics is without doubt one of the origin stones of the self-discipline of political technological know-how, and it's been probably the most effective parts of cross-fertilization among many of the subfields of political technology and among political technology and different cognate disciplines. This Handbook offers a finished survey of the sector of legislations and politics in all its variety, starting from such conventional topics as theories of jurisprudence, constitutionalism, judicial politics and law-and-society to such re-emerging topics as comparative judicial politics, overseas legislations, and democratization. The Oxford instruction manual of legislation and Politics gathers jointly top students within the box to evaluate key literatures shaping the self-discipline this day and to aid set the path of study within the decade ahead.

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It is based on a particular diagnosis as to what the intuitive appeal of utilitarianism is: that it consists of applying a powerful conception of rationality to the problem of the nature of morality. Rationality, in individual decision‐making, is maximizing expected value. The utilitarian simply applies this principle to social choice (choices made on the basis of their effects on the good of more than one person). The Rawlsian point is that the reason this conception of rationality is so plausible in the first case does not apply to the second.

We can generate other ways to take 1(a) by replacing the utilitarian’s goal (aggregate subjective 22 Ethical Bearings well‐being) with some other good thing. 12 Nozick seems to think of act utilitarianism as the principal available way of taking option 1(a). As we will see, two later sections in Chapter 3 – “Constraints and Animals” and “The Experience Machine” – continue the attack on that theory. The target of the thought experiment of the Experience Machine will be the utilitarian’s maximand – the value they seek to maximize.

331–333. It is sometimes said that Mill is being inconsistent here. He holds the doctrine of ethical hedonism, the doctrine that the only thing that makes anything good is pleasure. If that is true, the only thing that can make one pleasure better than another is that it is more pleasant. If there is some quality that a pleasure has other than that of being a pleasure, which makes it better than some other pleasure, then that quality is something, other than pleasure, that can make things good, and hedonism is consequently false.

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