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G. E. Moore and William H. Shaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199272018.001.0001

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Results the Test of Right and Wrong

Results the Test of Right and Wrong

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(p.88) 5 Results the Test of Right and Wrong
Source:
Ethics
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G. E. Moore

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199272018.003.0005

In this chapter, Moore defends the thesis that right and wrong depend on an action’s actual results or consequences. He does this by arguing against three rival views: (1) that certain specific kinds of actions are always right (or wrong) regardless of the consequences, (2) that the rightness or wrongness of an action depends either partly or entirely on the motive from which it is done, and (3) that right and wrong turn, not on the actual consequences of actions, but rather on their antecedently probable consequences or the consequences that the agent had reason to expect.

Keywords:   actual consequences, blame, expediency, good motives, moral praise, motive, probable consequences

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