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consequentialism

Abortion is Murder, Abortion is Legal

I was reading an short post by Jessie Golem on the topic of abortion recently. Jessie argued that abortion should not be denied to those who were victims of rape. She had a number of other arguments as well, but I wish to focus on this one. If abortion really is murder, and murder is wrong without exception, then abortion cannot be permitted even in the case of rape. Before examining this, we must...

Normative Ethics

There are three areas of study that ethicists engage in: applied ethics, normative ethics and metaethics. In my last post I discussed applied ethics. Normative ethics is the study of what is right and wrong in general. The largest current controversy in normative ethics is how to determine whether a particular act is right or wrong. Consequentialists believe that an act is right if it leads to goo...