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PHIL 103-06 September 11, 2015 Applying Utilitarianism o Exercise o Wrong uses highlighted Consequentialism is a normative ethical theory, which means , it is a theory about ethical action and a proposed method for deciding how one should choose the right ethical act . (Feiser) Consequentialism says that the consequences of an action are all that matter when taking an ethical decision to act. There is important reason for the root word. The word consequence is selected carefully and it is possible to make a distinction between the word itself and synonyms such as , results or outcomes. (Haynes) The word result or outcome is more commonly understood to mean the product of an action directly and inevitably follows from that action. Consequences have the possibility of being probable , or hypothetical. Alternative moral theories to consequentialism are : deontology, which proposes that ethical decisions should
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