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Unformatted text preview: anthropologists can determine what makes people happy or which policies to promote in order to benefit society as a whole. III. Flexible Unlike Kant’s ethics, utilitarianism doesn’t rigidly label actions as absolutely right or wrong. It allows for flexibility and sensitivity that is needed for each specific moral context. For example, lying may be morally permissible in cases where serial killers are searching for endearing siblings. Kant would argue that lying is immoral no matter what the circumstance. This, however, seems counterintuitive to our moral beliefs. IV. Impartial and Fair Utilitarianism requires us to balance our interests with those of others. For example, at least we consider the happiness and well-being of a serial killer before we decide to lie to him or her. Thus, utilitarianism appears to promote a sense of social harmony....
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2010 for the course PHIL 61 at San Jose State University .