Definition of consequentialism in English:



mass nounPhilosophy
  • The doctrine that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences.

    • ‘This entry will not go into the many issues that arise in the discussion of deontology and consequentialism here.’
    • ‘Pragmatism in ethics is often regarded as a form of teleology or consequentialism.’
    • ‘Historically, utilitarianism has been the best-known form of consequentialism.’
    • ‘Admittedly, this oversimplifies consequentialism, which in reality has a rather robust philosophic tradition.’
    • ‘But the particular kind of consequentialism in utilitarianism is, I think, unattractive.’