Friday, July 25, 2008

Readings: Consequentialism...

...lifts its lovely head again.

Consequentialism refers to those moral theories which hold that the consequences of a particular action form the basis for any valid moral judgment about that action. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right action is one that produces a good outcome, or consequence.

This is certainly a topic on which reasonable persons can differ. Unfortunately, it is children who suffer most, while stiff-necked adults quarrel.