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Allyson Lam SID#21061675 GSI: Ben Boudreaux, Monday 2-3 Paper 1 Suppose an extremely wealthy, all-powerful couple is raising their daughter. As a utilitarian couple, they want to produce the greatest good for the greatest amount of people, since they believe in the three components of utilitarianism—hedonism, aggregation, and consequentialism. Like any respectable hedonists, the couple firmly believes that pleasure is the only thing that is ultimately good. Luckily, their daughter is capable of experiencing an extreme amount of pleasure—more than any other person on earth. In fact, if she got everything she wanted and all others in the world became her slaves (to fulfill her every desire,) her pleasure would far outweigh their pain and actually maximize total pleasure on earth. Assume her parents believe in aggregation, which says more pleasure overall is a better outcome than less pleasure overall. Consequentialism, which morally requires us to produce the best outcome, requires the parents to enslave
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This note was uploaded on 10/22/2010 for the course PHIL 2 taught by Professor Kolodny during the Spring '07 term at Berkeley.

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