The Conflict

  • Jan Österberg
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 138)


A fundamental, not to say the fundamental, conflict in normative ethics is the conflict between consequentialism (C) and deontological ethics (D), that is, (very roughly) between the view that you should do what has the best consequences and the view that there are actions which, for certain stated reasons, it is wrong to do even if they have the best consequences. An example that vividly brings out the contrast between the two views is the following one, taken from Gilbert Harman. (I shall call it “the doctor’s choice”.)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Österberg
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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