PHIL 140-Utilitarianism

PHIL 140-Utilitarianism - Principle of Utility (or the...

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Principle of Utility (or the Greatest Happiness Principle) o Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness o Actions are wrong if they produce the reverse of happiness Hedonistic principle: happiness is pleasure Epicurean Life: life devoted to sensual pleausures and luxery, especially good food Desirable pleasure: if 2 people have experienced it and both agree that on is more prefferable, then that one is the desirable one Two different people coming from differnet social classes can interpret pleasure as completely different things ‘It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a fool satisfied’ People would injure their health for sensual gratification ‘Capacity for the nobler feelings is in most natures a very tender plant, easily killed, not only by hostile influences, but by mere want of sustenance’ ‘Men lose their high aspiration as they lose their intellectual tastes because they do not have the time and oppurtunity for indulging them, and they addict
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2008 for the course PHIL 140g taught by Professor Kwon during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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