My account of pattern-based reasons was presented in my first book, Reasons, Patterns, and Cooperation, which was published by Routledge in 2008. I am fortunate that this book received some generous reviews.
Brad Hooker reviewed the book for the publishers:
The philosophical content in this manuscript is highly sophisticated, packed with conceptual subtlety and innovation, with new arguments on nearly every page . . . Woodard is advancing a moral theory that is both novel and plausible, which is a striking achievement, given how many people are trying and failing to do this.
This is an excellent, sophisticated, thought-provoking book. It makes a real contribution to a central issue in teleological ethics. Anyone interested in teleological ethics will learn a great deal from this book.
[The] focus on pattern-based reasons (and also on the pluralist approach) seems to me to be an important contribution to moral theory . . . Reasons, Patterns, and Cooperation offers a new theory that could be a candidate for the title of most plausible version of consequentialism.
This beautifully concise monograph is an invaluable resource for those interested in pattern-based reasons, cooperation and pluralistic approaches in ethics. The book contains a range of resources for categorizing and evaluating ethical positions, and some tremendously interesting extensions of traditional thought experiments to illustrate the centrality of structural claims to ethics. I highly recommend it.
Taking Utilitarianism Seriously
I have recently finished a second book, which will be published by OUP. In it I present a revised theory of pattern-based reasons and discuss a range of common objections to utilitarianism. You can see the Contents here.