Causes, reasons, and motivations

The Laws of Unintended Consequences

Lately, I’ve been interested in innocent evil, the evil that results from perfectly innocent choices people make. Moral philosophers generally fall into one of two camps, intentionalist, and consequentialist. Intentionalists argue that you have to judge moral behavior based on intentions because we can’t predict the consequences of our actions. Consequentialists argue that you have to judge moral behavior based on consequences because they’re what matters. Innocent evil is therefore, moral philosophy’s hardest problem. People with the moral intentions yielding immoral consequences. ….[READ]

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