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What is Consequentialism?

What is Consequentialism?

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What is Consequentialism?:
This article on philosophical principle of consequentialism explains about the definition. It also shares an example, along with a few lessons to explains the principle.
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What is Consequentialism?:
This article on philosophical principle of consequentialism explains about the definition. It also shares an example, along with a few lessons to explains the principle.

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What is Consequentialism
Introduction
Consequentialism is a concept dealing with morality and its related theories based on the consequences of a person's conduct. The judgment that is passed about that person is dependent on the morality of the conduct or the act. That is why, a morally correct act is believe to result in good outcome or consequences. This view is also referred to as aphorism or the ends justify the means. Consequentialism is different from deontology (deriving right or wrong of a person's conduct from the type of behavior than the outcomes of the conduct) as well as from  virtue ethics (focusing on the agents character than the nature of the act). The different types of consequentialism depend on the consequences that are considered most as good. Utilitarianism is about a good action that results in increase in the level of pleasure and an action is rated as the best when the consequence is most pleasure. Eudaimonic consequentialism is about leading a full life which may not be equal to having to enjoy great amount of pleasure as a primary aim. Aesthetic consequentialism is about producing beauty as the ultimate aim. The basic difference between these three types of morality lie more in the approach of moral dilemmas rather than the conclusion that is drawn.
Example
Taking into the various Corporate Social Responsibility activities that are done occasionally by the corporate houses, an example can be cited from there. A
 
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particular organization has decided to put in $100,000 to help the Tsunami struck citizens. The two approaches that are considered include: a. invest the amount to generate job opportunities for the people and help in their income  b. invest in the relief work and generate fund for the food camps, thereby ensuring a rise in the fund and help in feeding the families that are in dire need of food
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For both these policies, there will be different outcomes and consequences.
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Consequences over time:
If the first approach is taken into consideration, it will reap in good results in the long run and over a period of time. However, with the second approach, the results  will be immediate and considering the situation, it will be beneficial for the people at large. The consequences for both the situations are undoubtedly good, but at times, decisions and judgment is taken considering the need of time.
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Neutrality:
The consequences remain neutral when it comes specific agents. It does not make any difference to any of the concerned agents with the outcomes and has no connection with the location, placement or social grouping of the people getting  benefitted. However, depending on the form of consequentialism, certain factors may be taken into account.

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