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Course Notes - H.A. Prichard, “Does Moral Philosophy Rest on a Mistake?”

by Daniel A. Kaufman


We have finished with our survey of traditional ethical theories, in my Theories of Ethics course, and the students have been given a whopper of an exam on Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill.  1,771 more words


Virtue Ethics and Consequentialism: A Developmental View

As I see it, virtue ethics [1] is a particularly good ethical framework for the education of children and young people, for its aim is to guide and assess… 549 more words


Consequentialism: Response to Actions

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Consequentialism is “the belief that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences” (Oxford Dictionary, p. 2,355 more words


On Foundational Liberties

Earlier, I mention Foundational Freedoms, or “freedoms without which a Tribe cannot flourish.” At the time, I said that “flourish,” in this instance, meant “the achievement of potential we’d associate with an ideal, theoretical Liberal society” (We can substitute  1,463 more words


The Great Misconception About Consequentialism

Consequentialism it is almost universally misunderstood and so, by extension, is Utilitarianism.

So, to start, let’s clear something up which I believe is at the heart of the matter: Consequentialism is not per se a normative position. 792 more words


Causes, reasons, and motivations

The Laws of Unintended Consequences

Lately, I’ve been interested in innocent evil, the evil that results from perfectly innocent choices people make. Moral philosophers generally fall into one of two camps, intentionalist, and consequentialist. 57 more words

Behavioral Economics

Utilitarianism vs The Universal Law Formulation

The concepts between the Universal Law Formulation (ULF) and Mill’s version of Utilitarianism is not as straightforward as one would consider at first blush. Mill does not make a strictly consequentialist assessment of utilitarianism, and the universal law theory must take into account consequences when evaluating whether an action can be acceptable as a universal law. 2,682 more words