Below is the explanation of consequentialism provided by the BBC's website:
Consequentialism is based on two principles:
- Whether an act is right or wrong depends only on the results of that act
- The more good consequences an act produces, the better
My view is similar to this but subtly different, and I wonder where my view fits into the taxonomy of ethics. My view is that an act is good if the actor attempts to maximise the good consequences the act produces, given all available information.
That is, if before an act is performed, it is calculated that it will bring the most good consequences, then I would consider the act to be good, even if turns out there was an error in the calculations and the consequences actually led to harm.
Consequentialism (as defined by the BBC) would consider the act to have been wrong in this case however, if the consequences ended up being bad (even if the negative consequences weren't known ahead of time.)
What is the name for this slight alternative to consequentialism?