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Teleological ethics

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L103-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The Greek telos means final purpose; a teleological ethical theory explains and justifies ethical values by reference to some final purpose or good. Two different types of ethical theory have been called teleological, however. Ancient Greek theories are ‘teleological’ because they identify virtue with the perfection of human nature. Modern utilitarianism is ‘teleological’ because it defines right conduct as that which promotes the best consequences.

Citing this article:
Korsgaard, Christine M.. Teleological ethics, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L103-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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