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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)

The aim of ethics is to determine the rules of conduct which have the highest probability of achieving those ends towards which we think our society (or the individuals within it) should aim.

  1. Therefore, ethics has no interest in the retrospective justification or condemnation of a person's actions (as in a court of law) or even of his motives. Evaluating a person's moral worth is simply not the issue.
  2. I include an element of probability in the definition of the goal of ethics because the consequences of any course of action are seldom totally predictable.
  3. Because we have chosen to define ethics as a system of rules or principles by which to achieve ends, we need to examine the criticism that we are adopting a policy of "the ends justify the means1".

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