Use Of Consequentialism And Its Effect On Our Lives Essay

1308 Words Mar 12th, 2015 null Page
A simplified definition of consequentialism is such that, morality and normative behavior are based solely on the consequences an action produces. When scrutinizing the arguments for consequentialism however, none seem to hold fast without significant reason to doubt. The consequence is not the only thing important in determining the obligatory act as far as morality is concerned. Deontological ethics presents a stronger argument with less ambiguity, vagueness, and provides several theories that follow closer with our intuitions. Even though consequences have a lasting effect on our lives, they do not have the final word in determining moral acts. Consequentialism would seem intuitive to many people because promoting the best consequence, whether that is happiness, pleasure, or other virtues, is something that many people strive to do anyway. The problem arises when determining a strong moral theory, one would want a framework for what is morally obligatory and what we have a moral duty to refrain from. However, following consequentialism, the only way to do what is morally obligatory is to do what promotes the best consequence in any situation. But we know that there is no way of fully knowing the consequences of our actions; therefore there is no way of fully determining what is morally obligatory. All of this is not to say that consequences do not matter in ethics, but it would be impossible to say they are the only thing that matters, the reach of an action’s…

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