Intentions and Outcomes
We are, all of us, everyday, making moral judgements. We deem certain things to be good, and others bad. We do this not only partially from instinct, but because we recognize on some level the clear need to develop and maintain principles: rules we ought generally to follow, as well as models: approximations of people's future behavior. Although morality need not necessarily be relative in principle, in practice, human views of morality differ widely, even within cultures. There are two near-universal concepts, however, that factor into the moral judgement of every sane person not consciously trying to exclude them: intentions and outcomes. We need to evaluate whether the outcome of an action is good or bad, of course, but so also must we determine what motivated it. These are necessary for constructing accurate models.
Which is more important in forming our principles and models, intentions or outcomes? Should one be more important than the ot