Results the Test of Right and Wrong

G. E. Moore

in Ethics

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199272013
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603181 | DOI:

Series: British Moral Philosophers

 Results the Test of Right and Wrong

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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

Chapter.  5375 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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