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    Mill's Utilitarianism

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    Mill’s Utilitarianism is a seemingly simple yet quixotic approach to the issue of what makes a moral action. Mill believes that the goodness of a moral action depends on the amount of happiness it creates. However, critics find issue with this principle because if the end result of maximizing happiness is all that matters, unjust actions such as murder are moral as long as they maximize happiness. Despite his efforts of ameliorating this problem with his concept of justice, his use of justice is inherently flawed. As a result, while his principle of Utilitarianism sounds great in reality, it fundamentally falls short in application. In this paper, I will first illustrate what Mill means by Utilitarianism and how he uses justice to expand it.…

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    Negative Utilitarianism

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    One issue with the quoted definition is that it only specifies happiness. The issue is that it omits suffering, pain, and other negative encounters. This is sometimes called “positive utilitarianism”, and can be appeared differently in relation to “negative utilitarianism”, which is all about obtaining the least suffering for the minimum number. Are either of these approaches an adequate version of the ethical theory? Should we be negative utilitarians or positive, or neither? I think these are…

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    and even class it as manslaughter or murder (Choices, 2015). A utilitarian has many views on the subject and why it is acceptable and why it is not. Throughout this assignment, I will go into further detail of a utilitarian’s view on euthanasia and whether or not they think it is acceptable. Utilitarianism dates all the way back to the 19th century and is famously associated with philosophers Jeremey Bentham…

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    Utilitarianism is an ethical theory that was proposed by John Stuart Mill and he claims that all actions become right or wrong depending on their real-world material consequences. That being said, no matter what the consequences are, they would be considered morally right as long as it promotes general happiness. Basically, the action does not matter when dealing with Utilitarianism, only the outcome, whether or not the ends justify the means. There are two kinds of utilitarianism; Act…

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    (i) What are the main advantages of utilitarianism? (21 marks) Utilitarianism is a teleological ethical theory that aims to define moral actions as those which satisfy the principle of utility. This states that actions are good insofar as they promote the greatest amount of happiness, and in making moral decisions, one should act in the way which promotes the greatest happiness for the greatest number of individuals. Humans have always considered happiness as a fundamental end goal to strive…

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    Utilitarianism is a type of ethical moral theory, which, in its basic terms been practised since the classical era. It’s understood now, as it been fully systematized in the modern era. Utilitarianism, in its basic understanding, is assigned to bring greater happiness. This can be found as from the breakdown of the word Utilitarianism: utility is known for, being united, useful and well understood. Utilitarianism expands this word, to spread it to be a united, useful happiness, also called the…

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    Utilitarianism A form of hedonist ethics known as Utilitarianism is the ethical system that follows the idea to pursue the greatest happiness for the greatest amount of people. This hedonist ethical system is a state of overall well-being and focuses on the intellectual, spiritual, and social aspects of happiness (Wilkens, 1995). Since the term utilitarianism derives from the idea of usefulness, so an action is deemed morally right if it succeeds or is useful in bringing about happiness.…

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    There are numerous political philosophies that are employed in today’s government, one such philosophy is utilitarianism. It was originally conceived by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and later revised by John S. Mill (1806-1873). The dates alone should be considered with regards to this philosophy, which should altogether be abolished in the realms of government by reason of flawed thinking. This paper will explore a couple of examples on the ways in which utilitarianism has been used in both the…

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    Outline Of Utilitarianism

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    ESSAY PLAN Paragraph 1: Introduction • Utilitarianism as a political theory o ‘Morally right act/policy is that which procedures the greatest happiness’ (Kymlicka 2002, p. 10) • Best way to determine morally right act/policy: • Consequences produced from ones actions – ‘consequentialism’ • Encourages maximizing this overall good • Can be viewed as an exhaustive moral theory o Will focus on utilitarianism as a ‘political morality’ • Outline of essay Paragraph 2: Overview of utilitarianism •…

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    There are two different moral theories on how to approach decision-making in life: utilitarianism and deontology. In this paper, there will be an exploration of the two theories and its application to a scenario of embezzlement. It is within this frame that we are able to determine which theory better justifies their argument after evaluating the actions of the company’s accountant, Kayla Archer The philosophy of Utilitarianism is the belief that the consequences of actions are important to…

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