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Are all ethical systems consequentialist?

Quoting Milton Friedman here "If the end does not justify the means, what does? But this easy answer does not dispose of the objection; it simply shows that the objection is not well put. To ...
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What are the arguments against consequentialism?

SEP was of little help, saying in its concluding paragraph that there still might be no adequate reason to deny consequentialism. We might have no reason either to deny consequentialism or to ...
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From a consequentialist perspective, how is using slaves to build buildings immoral?

The consequences I can think of: The slaves die The slave's death can affect their families financially etc.. The buildings benefit people for many years ahead by providing shelter To me it seems ...
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Is Rand's objectivism consequentialist/consequentially motivated?

Background (not looking to get into the weeds on this; just clarifying my viewpoint): Is seems to me that the concept of a moral force or law is not really empirically supported. That is, statements ...
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Why are deontological and virtue ethics not viewed as a subset of consequentialism?

Please help me get a better grasp on this topic. Roughly, it seems that deontological ethics are grounded in consequences of following roles while virtue ethics are grounded in consequences of acting ...
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Is Peter Singer an act or preference utilitarian?

Is his kind of utilitarianism not so "cut and dry" as can be labeled as one? Just the same as, "The lines of distinction between metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics are often blurry" (iep....
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Has/can moral relativism be refuted and what are its implications for a true and useful ethical calculus?

It seems that the existence of moral relativism undermines the entire enterprise of ethics, as it devolves into a bunch of, albeit very smart, people abstractly formulating what is ultimately just a ...
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Temporally stable determination of value in consequentialism

If one is a consequentialist, one at least implicitly makes decisions based on how good or bad the consequences are. As such, you must implicitly have a function f that maps from the set of ...
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Is it ethical to block ads while still consuming content?

When browsing the web, many users block advertisements for a surprisingly wide variety of reasons. The site operator can send the user whatever they want, often a mix of the sought after content, good ...