Utilitarianism And Kant 's Deontological Theory Essay

1074 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Utilitarianism and Kant’s deontological theory are both similar and conflicting in their own ways. The two proposals hold grounds that serve as foundational moral theories.
Within utilitarianism, there is a way of quantifying pleasure and pain in order to apply the GHP. This group provides qualities of pleasure such as intensity, duration, certainty, and propinquity of pleasure. These qualities translate to how hard, how long, how reasonable, and how soon. Within ethical decision making these principles are acquired. If you have three decisions: to go to BSU, to work, go to different school. You decipher the pros and cons of the situation and apply them numerically based on most radical change positive or negative. Then one proceeds with process of elimination to find the greatest success. (See reference A) In the inclass example, our answer was to work.
Act always so as to treat persons (beings) as an end, and near as means only is the main position of categorical imperative. If morality really exists, then ethical relativism is false. Persons are driven to act out of 2 different considerations, such as the likelihood that the action will lead to more of the same. Basically this means that pleasure doubled and pain doubled. Or one can have the likelihood that the action will lead to the opposite, like when pleasures go to pain and that is doubled. The maxims potential law can be found in the example that found money and the person who dropped it is gone or out of sight.…

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