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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THERE'S NO POINT in denying it: Consequentialists have bullets to bite.
In order to determine the anti-competitiveness of certain conduct, welfare economics applies a consequentialist approach by determining economic harm; anticompetitive harm occurs if total or consumer welfare (1) and efficiency decrease.
He effectively showed us that not all consequentialists need be aggregationists, shedding brighter light on the taxonomy of moral theories.
(4) Probabilist consequentialists of the expected wellbeing variety carefully weigh the possible outcomes of an act, that is, an act's best and worst possible outcomes, and factor in the probability for each outcome.
shows that the conflict between consequentialist and contractualist
Universalist consequentialists, by contrast, are not eudaimonists.
One type of normative argument arises from the consequentialist tradition, which assesses the morality of actions and institutions based on whether they produce good or bad consequences.
Both Harris and Savulescu approach the ethics of human enhancement from a consequentialist perspective.
(65) Similarly, if consequentialists were right, Contract rules would devolve into something like the Hand Formula in tort, (66) which they generally do not.
Before showing that McCormick's theory is consequentialist, Tully first describes consequentialism in chapter 1.
mainstream philosophers--both consequentialists and deontologists--agree
In order to isolate the impact of one possibly relevant factor, namely, the number of innocent lives, let us make one concession, by way of stipulation, to those (the consequentialists) who argue that the practice of punishment is justified in terms of its beneficial consequences.