Consequences in an act-utilitarianism

Journal of Value Inquiry 15 (1):79-83 (1981)
With what view of consequences shall we equip an act-Utilitarianism? I distinguish a broad view of consequences, According to which a consequence is any subsequent future state of the world caused or brought about by an act, Whether by the act alone or by it together with other concurrent happenings, Including the acts of other agents, From a narrow view, According to which a future state of the world is a consequence of an act only if that state would occur if the act were performed and would not occur if any alternative act were performed. I suggest that the narrow view leads to counterintuitive results
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