Consequentialism: The Philosophical Dog That Does Not Bark?: Daniel Holbrook

Utilitas 3 (1):107-112 (1991)
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By consequentialism, I mean the position that actions are right or wrong insofar as they affect the happiness, preferences, etc., of some class of sentient beings, usually humans. Consequentialism specifies a fairly narrow range of properties as being the determining factors in regard to actions being right or wrong. Each action has properties other than how it affects the happiness preferences, etc., of humans. According to consequentialism, the kind of action it is, the motivation behind the action, and other consequences, for instance, the consequence of having broken a promise, are not relevant to the question of whether an action is right or wrong.



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