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Unformatted text preview: with the dead person’s organs, but decides the benefits of his death wont outweigh the bad effects of him dying so the doctor saves the patient and lets him live. He saves him, but for the wrong reasons. Another example is that of a lynch mob. If a mob threatens to riot unless an innocent man is put to death, the utilitarianist will weigh the death of the one with the death of many. The utilitarianist would also weigh the fact that killing the innocent will weigh the fact that you cannot have a flourishing society built on the death of innocent people. He would choose to let the innocent man live, but because it would bring the best outcome, not because it was morally right. Although there is logic behind this thinking, it is too mathematical, almost cold hearted, for me to fully support....
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course PHIL 1100 taught by Professor Mills during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.
- Spring '08