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Goodness and Justice


  • Joseph Mendola, Goodness and Justice: A Consequentialist Moral Theory (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006). All page references in the text are to Goodness and Justice.


In Goodness and Justice, Joseph Mendola defends three related views in normative ethics: a novel form of consequentialism, a Bentham-style hedonism about “basic” value, and a maximin principle about the value of a world. In defending these views he draws on his views in metaethics, action theory, and the philosophy of mind. It is an ambitious and wide-ranging book. I begin with a quick explanation of Mendola’s views, and then raise some problems.