consequentialism

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consequentialism

(kon″sĕ-kwen′shă-lizm)
The philosophical doctrine that the correctness of a choice is proven only by what that choice produces, rather than why the choice was made or what the agent intended or hoped might occur.
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Thus, key for McCormick is the consequentialist assessment of the ontic goods and bads the act promises; largely irrelevant is the traditional distinction between intending/doing evil and permitting it (80).
that, for either deontologists or consequentialists who believe that
Now consequentialists insist that in the vast majority of cases, killing, torturing, or enslavig innocent people is not the best way to get good results.
However, consequentialists have no case against those terrorists who do their calculation responsibly and thoroughly, and reach the conclusion that yes, given the circumstances, terrorism will have good consequences on balance.
4) Justifying the overall practice of legal punishment with a consequentialist argument does not imply that one could, would, or should justify punishment in individual cases with that same consequentialist argument.
By assuming that expected consequences can in cases of necessity justify violating ordinarily binding moral and legal principles, consequentialists invite irresponsible and callous behavior.
Against consequentialists, Niebuhr was quick to point out on this issue that the deontological rules of justice were always in effect, even though the realities of the world necessitated an examination of consequences.
Our reason for finding one version of rule-consequentialism more plausible than another need not Itself be a consequentialist reason.
For Kant categorical imperatives are not consequentialist in nature; in other words, it is not the case that the categorical imperative instructs us to promote some end because of the value of that end.
The tension between individuals and groups is especially challenging for School 3 - the collective consequentialists.
Consequentialists believe that morals, ethics, and values are derived from examining what is right and good for the greatest number.
Rendall employs the analogy of taking a job in an industry that knowingly creates harm and reveals how difficult consequentialists find saying this is wrong because somebody else will do the job if you don't (i.