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180) It is in this spirit of consequentialism that Justice Breyer goes to the great length of citing decisions from the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe--not exactly a bastion of human rights values.
Samuel Seheffler, Introduction to CONSEQUENTIALISM AND ITS CRITICS 1, 1 (Samuel Scheffler ed.
While undoubtedly removed from contemporary philosophical debates about consequentialism, virtually all public servants intuitively resort to the premium attached in democratic societies to being able to defend actions or rules in terms of their impacts on all affected stakeholders in specific situations.
The basic problem with consequentialism is that it recognizes no limit in principle on what can be done to people in order to promote good consequences.
Consequentialism tells us to judge human action solely in terms of its consequences.
First, consequentialism allows immoral acts if the act is expected to produce the net greatest good, that is, it allows some people to be harmed to serve the greater good (Scheffer 1998).
Does acceptance of the incommensurability thesis imply the rejection of consequentialism as a comprehensive guide to moral choice in law-making?
Would the liberal consequentialism sketched in Part I violate the weak Pareto principle?
For perhaps understandable reasons, in 1980 there seemed little awareness of the manner in which bean-counter consequentialism would influence the debate.
Many ethicists prescribe methods for reaching ethically correct decisions by adhering to the perspectives of specific schools of ethical thought like deontology or consequentialism.
One would normally think that it is but natural to be sensitive to the consequences of specific states and to take positive steps to guard moral rights if these are threatened; even if one rejects the strict consequentialism of the utilitarian philosophy, which would judge the rightness of specific actions by the goodness of the consequences, and by nothing else.
This lends both precision and credence to the view that there is a fundamental mismatch between epistemic consequentialism and the intuitive notion of epistemic rationality.