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Unformatted text preview: Roots of Ethics Ancient Greeks Off shoot of philosophy Religion was a poor guide to their behavior. Utilitarian Thinking – Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) The greatest happiness of the greatest number. Motives do no matter only consequences. Does not guarantee rights of minorities, etc. Benefit/cost ratio approach May be a few people who are hurt Duty Ethics – Immanuel Kent Moral actions done under sense of duty Universibility What if everyone did it? Stealing – if everyone stole, no property rights, it would be bad....
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PHIL 1101 taught by Professor Weatherson,b during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Spring '06