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Christian Tractatus

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

In any ethical system, we need to provide a procedure whereby we can categorise an action as right or wrong.

  1. I take it that an action is right if it is likely to increase1 the weighted sum of good available to those (including myself, the agent) likely to be affected by it. We can thereby define the set of right actions (in any context) if we can define what we count as being good.
  2. The term wrong2 is not equivalent to "not right". An action cannot be categorised as wrong simply because it cannot be categorised as right. A large proportion of our actions are simply functional, with no ethical dimension.

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