medical ethics-Consequentialism

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http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/consequentialism/ Consequentialism - the view that normative properties depend only on consequences -ex: whether an act is morally right depends only on the consequences of that act or of something related to that act Classic Utilitarianism -Act Consequentialism : the claim that an act is morally right if and only if that act maximizes the good- if and only if the total amount of good for all minus the total amount of bad for all is greater than this net amount -Hedonism : pleasure is the only intrinsic good and that pain is the only intrinsic bad *together, these claims imply that an act is morally right if and only if that act causes "the greatest happiness for the greatest number" -Utilitarianism reduces all morally relevant factors to consequence Consequentialism = whether an act is morally right depends only on consequences (as opposed to the circumstances or the intrinsic nature of the act or anything that happens before the act). Actual Consequentialism
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 336 taught by Professor Benhart during the Spring '11 term at Saint Louis.

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