Reply To: Consequentialism & Utilitarianism


Is it fair to say that the ends justify the means for consequentialists and utilitarians?

For consequentialism, is it the intent that matters, or the end result that matters? So if a person acts to achieve a good end and succeeds, the means would be considered moral. But if a person fails to achieve a good end, and the consequences were bad, are the means still justified, or would the actions be considered immoral because the end result was bad?

If I remember right, a deontological view would be that actions are judged in of themselves, regardless of intent or end result?