consequentialism

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Etymology[edit]

consequential +‎ -ism, coined by British analytic philosopher G. E. M. Ascombe in 1958.[1]

Noun[edit]

consequentialism (countable and uncountable, plural consequentialisms)

  1. (ethics) The ethical study of morals, duties and rights with an approach that focuses consequences of a particular action or cause.
  2. (ethics) The belief that consequences form the basis for any valid moral judgment about an action. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right action is one that produces a good outcome, or consequence.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ G. E. M. Anscombe (January 1958), “Modern Moral Philosophy”, in Philosophy, volume 33, issue 124, DOI:10.1017/s0031819100037943, JSTOR 3749051, pages 1–19