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The Evil WithinWhy We Need Moral Philosophy$
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Diane Jeske

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190685379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190685379.001.0001

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Do the Ends Justify the Means?

Do the Ends Justify the Means?

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(p.115) 4 Do the Ends Justify the Means?
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The Evil Within
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Diane Jeske

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685379.003.0004

Moral deliberation, like deliberation in general, almost always involves some appeal to the consequences of the actions available to the agent. The case studies of Franz Stangl, Ted Bundy, and Charles Colcock Jones provide examples of an appeal to consequences to attempt to justify action. In order to see what is wrong with the way that these men reasoned, the chapter examines the competing moral theories of consequentialism and deontology, and the nature of intrinsic versus instrumental value. By doing so, the author shows how to isolate errors in appealing to consequences such as failure to identify the full array of options, the effects on all people, and the overweighting of one’s own interests and of the interests of one’s loved ones.

Keywords:   Franz Stangl, Ted Bundy, Charles Colcock Jones, value, consequentialism, deontology, intrinsic, instrumental, consequences, duty

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