CONSEQUENTIALISM & ETHICAL CONFLICTS

The status of an act will depend on the significance of conformity of the consequence; that any deeds is the end result of the act itself and that the result of the act is the result of the outcome of the consequence.

The Ethical Conflict of Consequentialism

The conflict arises when ethical position insists that there is the possibility that we identify which is the right act from the wrong act in other ways otherwise known as deontologism. This will  deal on the value of the kind of act based on understanding of how we perform our moral obligation in compliance to correct existing rules hence if we do it right then we behave accordingly; if not, then we behave immorally. The conflict is that doing it right is not enough but we have to do the necessary moves to make them right so if even if a person have violated certain rules but it is within the obligation’s scope then you will not be subjected as being immoral.

A good example of this is the “divine command” hence when you perform your duty in accordance to religious duties and responsibilities. Another is the Rights Theory wherein the act is morally correct with respect to the society. This is also known as Libertarianism, a political philosophy with the belief that people are free to do whatever they want to do so long as it will not curtail the rights of other people. This means that you do what is morally right and in accordance to the rules of the society (social relationship). Lastly, the act is morally correct when the sole deontological principle agrees with the subsidiary guidelines of principles.

McCain R, (1999) illustrates that a mixed-consequentialism is sound and ethically suitable because rationality is one’s advancement of views being committed and to be sound moral is to advance one’s views which is supposed to be committed. This means that you don’t have to rely on the act of consequences at all times but rather act rightfully in given situations; Therefore mixed-consequentialism (consequentialism + deontologism)  is a valid approach in different circumstances and that “certain situations and different circumstances must be given due consideration where decisions must be adjusted accordingly”.

If and when institutions follow the consequentialism theory as a whole then any decision can be made to augur mutual understanding and good consequences even if the decision is compelled by a certain individual or other concerns of the individual who is doing it thus setting apart the decision made from the individual himself; a good foresight that ethics should be mainly taken as the vision for every schoolby following the mixed-consequentialism theory.

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