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Brad Hooker
Born (1957-09-13) 13 September 1957 (age 60)
Nationality British-American
Era "Contemporary philosophy
Region "Western philosophy
"School "Analytic
"Thesis Why should I be moral? (1986)
"Doctoral advisor "Derek Parfit
Main interests
"Moral philosophy
Website Official website

Brad Hooker (born 13 September 1957)[1] is a "British-American philosopher who specialises in "moral philosophy. He is a Professor at the "University of Reading and is best known for his work defending rule-consequentialism (often treated as being synonymous with "rule utilitarianism).

His book Ideal Code, Real World[2] received a number of favourable reviews from high-profile philosophers. "Derek Parfit, for example, wrote: "This book seems to me the best statement and defence, so far, of one of the most important moral theories."[3]



Hooker initially studied philosophy at "Princeton University, before pursuing his BPhil and "DPhil at the "University of Oxford from 1981 to 1986, where he was a member of "St Anne's College, and was taught and supervised by "Derek Parfit, "James Griffin, and "Richard Hare.[4]

Brad Hooker's rule-consequentialism[edit]

One of the most common objections to rule-consequentialism is that it is incoherent, because it is based on the consequentialist principle that what we should be concerned with is maximising the good, but then it tells us not to act to maximise the good, but to follow rules (even in cases where we know that breaking the rule could produce better results).

Brad Hooker avoided this objection by not basing his form of rule-consequentialism on the ideal of maximising the good. He writes:

"…the best argument for rule-consequentialism is not that it derives from an overarching commitment to maximise the good. The best argument for rule-consequentialism is that it does a better job than its rivals of matching and tying together our moral convictions, as well as offering us help with our moral disagreements and uncertainties."[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]


Reviewed in: Driver, Julia (3 June 2002). "Book review: Brad Hooker, Ideal code, real world". Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews - an electronic journal. College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame. 

Chapters in books[edit]

Journal articles[edit]



  1. ^ "Hooker, Brad, 1957-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 24 July 2014. CIP t.p. (Brad Hooker) data sheet (b. 9/13/57) 
  2. ^ Brad Hooker, Ideal Code, Real World, Oxford University Press, 2000, new edition 2002
  3. ^ Brad Hooker, Ideal Code, Real World, Oxford University Press, new edition 2002, back cover.
  4. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/pub/brad-hooker/3a/917/705
  5. ^ Brad Hooker, Ideal Code, Real World, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 101.

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