Right and wrong depends on the moral norms of the

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Unformatted text preview: whatever action leads to the maximum balance of good over evil. • Theories that judge actions by their consequences • Revolve around the premise that the rightness or wrongness of an action depends on the consequences or effects of an action • Based on the view that the value of an action derives solely from the value of its consequences. • Goal of a consequentialist is to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people Utilitarian ethics • Involves the concept that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its contribution to overall usefulness • ENDS JUDTIFY THE MEANS Deontological ethics - commonly attributed to the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. • Kant believed that although doing the right thing is good, it might not always lead to or increase the good and right thing sought after • Ones duties to others and others rights • Often referred to as duty based ethics • Deon- derived from the Greek word meaning duty Nonconsequential ethics- denies that the consequences of an action or rule are the only criteria for determining the morality of an action or rule. • The rightness...
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