(consequentialism, uncountable) The practice or institution of punishing the innocent for the sake of providing deterrence.
(consequentialism, countable) An instance of telishing.
Coined by John Rawls in his 1955 paper “Two Concepts of Rules”. Probably a portmanteau of the Ancient Greek τέλος (telos, “result”, “end”, loosely “the greater good”) and the English(pun)ishment. Compare telish.
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