Rule Utilitarianism

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Philosophy 1317:  Business Ethics Rule Utilitarianism Act Utilitarianism — Bentham’s original version, in which the Principle of Utility is  applied  to each particular act  that one might perform in a particular choice  situation, in order to come up with a judgment about what is the morally right thing  to do  in that particular case  — is subject to an objection:  it is impractical.  While it  may be theoretically solid, it can’t always be put into practice.  That’s because  there  is not enough time  to go through the very complicated calculations needed to arrive  at a solid judgment about what the consequences of one’s actions in that situation  are likely to be.  This is always to some extent a matter of guesswork, estimation of  probabilities; but it’s important that our estimates be reasonable ones, and that will  often require a lot of serious, time-consuming thought.  But that will often be time 
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  • Spring '08
  • Philosophy, act utilitarianism, morally right thing, Ethics Rule Utilitarianism, Impracticality Objection, particular choice  situation, future moral­choice situations

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