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The Dimensions of Consequentialism: Ethics, Equality and Risk, written by M. Peterson

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
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(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 217 pp. isbn 9781107033030 (hbk). £55.00.

Peterson’s book contains several new and interesting ideas and arguments. He argues, in chapter 2, that rightness and wrongness come in degrees. In chapter 1, he introduces the idea of a moral aspect. As he defines it, “something counts as a moral aspect if and only if it directly influences an act’s deontic status, irrespective of how other aspects are altered” (p. 3). I don’t find this terribly illuminating, but, for our purposes, it will be sufficient to understand the notion as follows: some moral consideration

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