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By Luciano Canfora

This background lines the advance of democracy in Europe from its origins in historic Greece as much as the current day.

The ebook opens with the start of democracy in old Greece, and descriptions the adoption and edition of Greek political rules through French revolutionaries and intellectuals to fit their very own ends. the writer then is going directly to reflect on all of the significant watersheds within the improvement of democracy in smooth Europe: the twenty-year situation from 1789 to 1815, whilst the repercussions of revolution in France have been felt around the continent; the explosion of democratic hobbies among 1830 and 1848; the hijacking of democratic procedures via Napoleon III, and the débâcle of the Paris Commune. Canfora lines how the unfold of Marxist rules in east and west Europe, the Russian revolution, and the increase of fascism ended in a ‘European civil war’ lasting from 1914 till 1945.

In end, the booklet demonstrates how within the fresh previous democracy, faraway from making development, has actually turn into extra constrained and oligarchic, as certainly it used to be on the outset, 2,500 years in the past.

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If the complaint that utilitarianism threatens close relations and friendship is taken seriously, then we may need to have recourse to a morality focusing on traits of character rather than on criteria of right action (some kind of virtue ethics). If we find that utilitarianism puts too heavy demands on us, then we may have to resort to ethical egoism. If we want to object to the fact that utilitarianism gives us too much moral licence, allowing us to kill in order to save lives, then we may want to resort to deontology or an ethics of rights.

But even if it does, it does not prove, as we have seen, that utilitarianism is a false doctrine. A true moral theory need not be applicable. However, it would perhaps be an argument against even the truth of a moral theory if it could be shown that if everybody succeeded 694 02 pages 001-152 20/5/08 3:39 pm Page 45 egoism and contractualism 45 in following it, its own goal must be frustrated. This cannot be shown about utilitarianism, but it can be shown about ethical egoism. There are situations such that, even if everybody succeeds in maximising his or her welfare, everybody fares worse than they would have done if they had not abided by their favoured moral theory.

Now, it is very plausible that the actual consequences of H2 are better than the actual consequences of H1, but it would not be wise to implement H2. It would simply be too risky. But what does ‘too risky’ mean? Well, according to the method envisaged here it means that the sum of the products of probabilities and values for the possible outcomes of a certain action are not high enough; there exists a better alternative with a better sum of products of probabilities and values. 2. To make the example more concrete.

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