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Utilitarism

ToastOfDestiny
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8/21/2009 2:07:17 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Puck's video sums it up nicely.

Utilitarianism says we should act based on the utility, or produced good of our actions. When presented with choices, the most moral is one that produces the greater good for the greatest number. In some cases, this justifies violating an individual's rights to produce good for a community.

I feel that utilitarianism is impersonal and immoral due to this. However, there are many flavors of utilitarianism. The one I'm attracted to is called Negative Utilitarianism. Instead of acting for the greatest good, you try to produce the least negative through your actions.
At 10/11/2009 8:28:18 PM, banker wrote:
Our demise and industrial destruction
At 10/11/2009 10:00:21 PM, regebro wrote:
Only exists in your head, as already shown.

At 10/11/2009 8:28:18 PM, banker wrote:
reveal why you answer with a question mark
At 10/11/2009 10:00:21 PM, regebro wrote:
Because it was a question.

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LB628
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8/22/2009 11:55:29 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
In addition to what the other posters have already stated, under utilitarianism, "good" is usually defined as either pleasure, by Bentham, or happiness, by J.S Mill. So that which produces the most happiness, or the net pleasure and pain, is that which is good to do.
Negative utilitarianism, previously mentioned, focuses solely on preventing pain.