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Against Consequentialism

In this essay I will argue against consequentialism as an adequate theory of ethics. Though space does not permit me to enumerate all of my objections, nor to respond to every conceivable variant of consequentialism, I will sketch three general objections that seem to strike at the heart of the theory. 1,391 more words

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason.


Isaac Levi on Rationality, Deliberation and Prediction (2/3)

This is the second of a three-part post on the philosopher Isaac Levi’s account of the relationship between deliberation and prediction in decision theory and which is an essential part of Levi’s more general theory of rationality. 2,060 more words

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Are human dignity and usefulness mutually exclusive?

Kant is rightly recognised as one of the greatest minds in history. But when he said that one should treat others always as an end and… 627 more words


Watchmen's Ozymandias and the ultimate moral dilemma


First, I have to ask you: have you read Watchmen? Or at least seen the movie? If you haven’t, this is going to spoil the heck out of it; what I’m discussing is tied to the conclusion of the great story. 2,464 more words



In 1864-65, two hundred boats a day coursed this water, delivering supplies for the Union lines around Richmond and Petersburg.  General U.S. Grant presided over it all… 452 more words

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Chookwatcher discovers big words in wikipedia

Consequentialism. Now there’s a big word for you.

Apparently, it’s ‘the doctrine that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences.’ 438 more words