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« Reply #29: September 17, 2007, 09:27:29 am »

Many ethical theories in philosophy (that is, attempts to provide methods for deciding if an action is ethical) do not depend on negative consequences to the actor for the decision). That is, the "rules" of the ethical theory provide an answer to whether the action is ethical regardless of the consequences to the actor. After all, some actions that most people would consider highly ethical could have very negative consequences for the actor (trying to save a child in a burning building, for example) so "has negative consequences for the actor" is not really a very good way to decide whether something is ethical or not.

As we're actually discussing in my ethics class currently.

On the other hand, "has negative consequences for the actor" is often an acceptable concept for use in an argument.  For instance, in the aforementioned burning building, you and the child are already inside.  If you try to save the child, you will escape but be horribly injured (some sort of permanent disability), if not, you will escape with mild burns.  It is morally permissable for you to not save the child.  It's not a very nice thing to do from the child's point of view, but blame should not rest upon you.
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