Editorial

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1995 Utilitas  
The move to our new publisher, Edinburgh University Press, provides an opportunity to take stock of Utilitas after six years of publication. per. Even though many of the themes discussed by earlier utilitarians remain relevant to contemporary debates, it is important to link the two so that these dimensions of utilitarianism enrich each other. In volume 6 (1994), for example, a number of articles dealt with important debates about utility within contemporary moral philosophy. These included the
more » ... discussions of 'repugnant desires' by Powers and Griffin and 'infinite utility* by Garcia and Nelson and Vallentyne. Oakley and Cocking contributed an important paper on the problems associated with the distinction between intended and foreseen consequences, Persson developed a conception of conventional rights which attempted to capture what is distinctive and important about natural rights, and McKerlie explored problems of equality in relation to utility. These recent contributions and the appointment of new Associate Editors, Roger Crisp, Brad Hooker, and Paul Kelly, have set the stage for the further development of the journal in the direction of becoming an important forum for work generally in moral and political philosophy. The link with utilitarianism is still strong, but the current debates are not confined to stating the strengths and weaknesses of one or more versions of utilitarianism. As a philosophical tradition utilitarianism sets a long agenda for contemporary philosophers. A number of the contributions in the current number, including those by McMahan, McNaughton and Rawling, Skorupski, Persson, and Singer, are neither about utilitarianism in a narrow sense nor about problems
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