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Final Exam - Question 3

Final Exam - Question 3 - Utilitarianism is the idea that...

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Utilitarianism is the idea that the moral worth of an action is solely determined by its contribution to overall utility in maximizing happiness or pleasure as summed among all persons. According to Mill, Joe has a right to X if and only if it is in the best interest of society to protect Joe’s possessions of X. That is, Joe has a right to X if the benefits to society of punishing people who interfere with Joes possessions of X outweigh the social costs of such punishment. Would a Utilitarian think that we have a right to privacy? If so, what is included in such a right? Would a Utilitarian think that we have a right to privacy? Yes a utilitarian would think that we have a right to privacy. To an utilitarnism it is in the best interest to protect Joe’s possessions of X because we are actually protecting all people’s right to X. Utilitarian’s believe that the moral thing to do will maximize happiness and/or pleasure to all people. If
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