Consequentialism or Teleological Ethics

Consequentialism is a perspective in moral philosophy which bases morality on the consequence of human actions and not on the actions themselves. The consequences of one’s conduct are the ultimate basis for any judgment about the rightness or wrongness of that conduct. The more good consequences an act produces, the better or more right that act is. Consequentialist teaches that people should do whatever produces the greatest amount of goodness for greatest number. 

Different forms of consequentialism differ over what the good thing is that should be maximised. 

  • Utilitarianism states that people should maximise human welfare or well-being 
  • Hedonism states that people should maximise human pleasure 
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