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Unformatted text preview: premed student is going to cheat on his exam. According to act utilitarianism, the consequence is that the student will pass the exam and the class. The act of cheating did maximize happiness as the student is happy, his parents will be happy and the school will be happy because thier percentage of passing students is increased. However, is cheating good even though it promotes the greatest amount of happiness? As a rule utilitarianism, if you consider the general rule that cheating is bad, then the answer is no. For instance, what if this student passes this exam and the exam is testing knowledge on CPR. A week later this student is shopping at a grocery store and a customer passes out. The student should know CPR, but does not. Therefore, cheating produced the greatest number of unhappiness. The general rule of cheating is bad should have been followed. Many variables and scenerios exist that...
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Beaudoin,j during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.
- Spring '08