Consequentialism

Consequentialism is sometimes taken to be a moral view according to which acts are to be assessed solely by the value of their consequences, in contrast to deontological ethical theories, which hold that certain kinds of action are wrong, and others right, independently of the goodness or badness of their outcomes.

This account, however, oversimplifies matters. Contemporary consequentialism is a family of moral theories united by their fundamental concern with value.

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