Contemporary Political Philosophy by Will Kymlicka Essay

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Will Kymlicka’s book, “Contemporary Political Philosophy: An Introduction,” discusses various political philosophies including utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is made up many different aspects including different accounts. The account of utility that I will be discussing is the informed preference satisfaction. Like any part of philosophy, this account of utility has its strengths and weaknesses in practicality and plausibility. I believe that the informed preferences account is a practical attempt to ensure a person’s or society’s well-being is maximized in a well informed and rational way of decision making.
The ‘informed preferences satisfaction’ of utilitarianism is an attempt to accommodate the problems of preferences that are
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It may not always possible to see which preferences are distorted by deceptive beliefs or adaptive preferences. However, by examining the social and cultural states of society, the government can ensure that the correct information and opportunities are accessible to people (Kymlicka 19).
To make this account of utility even more complicated, Kymlicka discusses how the ‘unexperienced’ preferences can count in determining well-being. This concept was discussed by using an example argued by Richard Hare (Kymlicka 18). By ‘unexperienced’, Kymlicka is referring to occurrences that your conscious mind is not aware of, such as after death or your living a life with lies.
Hare argues that a person’s life would go worse if their spouse behaves in adulterous behaviour, even if that person was not aware of the cheating. The reasoning for life going worse is that something that you did not want to happen has occurred. This preference is rational and informed but the conscious experience may not change whether it is satisfied or not (Kymlicka 17).
Keeping the truth from someone may make it more comfortable for him or her temporarily but the results in the end would be displeasing. Will Kymlicka discusses his own career and life as a philosopher. He feels that if he believed he was a good philosopher but if in reality he was not, he would like to be aware of this fact. It is not in his interests to be wasting his time and living a lie when he could be doing other

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