Consequentialist Ethics

Karamazov Woodcut“Tell me honestly, I challenge you – answer me: imagine that you are charged with building the ediface of human destiny, the ultimate aim of which is to bring people happiness, to give them peace and contentment at last, but that in order to achieve this it is essential and unavoidable to torture just one little speck of creation, that same little child beating her chest with her little fists, and imagine that this edifice, has to be erected on her unexpiated tears. Would you agree to be the architect under those conditions? Tell me honestly!”
(Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov)

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