Consequentialism

[Revised entry by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on October 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Consequentialism, as its name suggests, is the view that normative properties depend only on
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[Revised entry by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on October 22, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Consequentialism, as its name suggests, is the view that normative properties depend only on consequences. This general approach can be applied at different levels to different normative properties of different kinds of things, but the most prominent example is consequentialism about the moral rightness of acts, which holds that whether an act is morally right depends only on the consequences of that act or of something related to that act, such as the motive behind...

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