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Consequentialism
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[German Version]

embraces a group of moral theories that claim that actions with the best consequences are morally correct. Nonconsequentialism asserts that what is morally correct is not (or not solely) determined by the consequences of an action. Consequentialism represents a modern form of the teleological theory of ethics (Teleology: IV), inasmuch as it defines what is right by relating it to what is good. Unlike classical teleological ethics, consequentialism has ascribed only instrumental value to correct actions.

Every consequentialist moral theory is characterize…

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Grotefeld, Stefan, “Consequentialism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_22688>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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