Act-Limited-Consequentialism

A short analysis of an action-based moral framework

The central question for any system of normative ethics is the determination of the moral force of the course and events of human life. This inquiry is traditionally divided into the question of actions and the question of omissions (i.e. the failure or refusal to act). It is within this distinction we find the core problem with traditional consequentialism: that the moral weight of the consequences of acts and non-acts are treated the same. It is a fundamental presupposition of pure…