There are three main traditions in Western moral philosophy. Deontological ethics stresses the primacy of more or less inviolable rules such as “do not kill” or “do not lie” or “do not steal.” Consequentialism holds that behavior is evaluated to the extent that it leads to good consequences; good consequences variously described as pleasure, happiness, or preference satisfaction. 2,684 more words
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DISCUSSION ON “OPTIMIZATION”
A lot of the discussions we’ve had here can be framed with the difference between “satisficing” (an old Northumbrian word meaning “good enough”) and “optimizing” (meaning always try to do better).Clearly, as with everything we think both modern and relevant, this was present in the classics in the various discussions of… 349 more words
Aristotle’s comments on liberality in Book 4 Chapter 1 of the Nicomachean ethics are very similar to the teachings of our Lord on money.
Aristotle says that people who have less can give less and be just as liberal as those who have more and give more: Jesus commends the widow for the two mites she gives. 538 more words