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Christian Tractatus

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I take it that an action is right if it is likely to increase 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.

  1. From the above it will be seen that an action can be right without being the best available, ie. without it being intended to produce the maximum good from the options available.
  2. My use of the term good here does not have the moral overtones of "praiseworthy". Actions are right, not good. States of affairs are good (or bad). The term good is used here in the sense of "a good thing", rather than "morally approved".
  3. The concept of the weighted sum of the good is discussed in a later section.




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