Douglas W. Portmore

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow
(Arizona State University)
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Douglas W. Portmore is a professor of philosophy in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Commonsense Consequentialism: Wherein Morality Meets Rationality (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), which defends a version of consequentialism that both comports with our commonsense moral convictions and shares with other consequentialist theories the same compelling teleological conception of practical reasons. While at Princeton, he’ll be working on another book: Opting for the Best: Oughts and Options. The book concerns what is, perhaps, the least controversial normative principle concerning action: you ought to perform your best option—that is, the option that is most highly favored by your reasons. The book sets aside substantive questions about what we have reason to do and focuses instead on issues such as: What are our options? Which options do we assess directly in terms of how good they are? And what do we hold fixed when assessing how good an option is?