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Ethics


Johan Bränmark


Pages 206 - 209



Ethical theorising has largely centred on the right and the good and the relation between the two. Consequentialists predominantly understand rightness as a matter of maximising the good, and accordingly focus on understanding which things are good; deontologists tend to see acting rightly as a matter of acting in accordance with a number of rules or principles. Some consequentialists emphasize the role of rules in ethical life and some deontologists put great weight on our obligation to do good, but generally writers in the consequentialist tradition have discussed mereological issues concerning how good wholes are made good by their parts, while deontologists argue about the way in which aspects of situations interact to constitute what we ought to do on the whole.




1Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University



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