Bioethics Paper 1

Bioethics Paper 1 - The Way Utilitarianism Works From...

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Unformatted text preview: The Way Utilitarianism Works From analyzing information presented in the book Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine , the utilitarianist is applied from the third-person viewpoint. Because utilitarianism is based on logical choices, there are several key problems with its guidelines. A huge problem with utilitarianism is how it defines happiness. Utilitarianism identifies happiness as calculable. It is obviously difficult to determine how much happiness someone has, and utterly impossible to determine who has more happiness. For instance, if one makes his friend extremely happy by giving his friend a gift, or if one makes a group of people mildly happy by giving them each smaller gifts, it is difficult to identify which scenario produces greater happiness overall. One of the major issues of utilitarianism is it often overrides human nature. In a typical scenario in which someone wins the lottery, that individual could possibly give the money ten of his friends. But under utilitarianist view, someone wins the lottery, that individual could possibly give the money ten of his friends....
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2009 for the course PHIL 150.219 taught by Professor Bok during the Fall '09 term at Johns Hopkins.

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