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Unformatted text preview: Utilitarianism, Kantianism and Embryonic Stem Cell Research Many people who support the use of stem cells use utilitarian grounds to defend their view. Utilitarians hold that the morally correct action to perform in any given situation is the one that achieves the most good. Therefore, an action that is morally wrong to a nonutilitarian may be the morally correct action for a utilitarian. As long as many people benefit, it does not matter what becomes of one person. Proponents of utilitarianism argue that the total good resulting from sacrificing embryos to obtain stems cells would benefit so many people that it would be the right thing to do. Stem cells would give doctors the ability to cure diseases such as Alzheimers disease. If Alzheimers was cured then people would not lose their memories. The friends and family members of someone with Alzheimers would not have to endure the pain of someone they care about not knowing who they are. However, places like institutions that take care of the they care about not knowing who they are....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2011 for the course PHI 1030 taught by Professor Lombard during the Winter '10 term at Wayne State University.
- Winter '10