AT Utilitarianism[1]

AT Utilitarianism[1] - A/T Utilitarianism First, in...

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A/T Utilitarianism First , in exercising a claim, an actor is committed to respect the claims of every other person since there is no morally relevant distinction between persons that could justify disparate treatment. Second , states of affairs do not have moral qualities and thus cannot be due anything, so claiming an action to be just because of its end result is nonsensical. Individuals are the only actors capable of being the subjects of an ethical theory, so we ought to respect limitations on what can be done to them since this is the only feasible ethical framework. Third , utility devolves into deontology because the formulation of our interests presupposes the capacity for autonomy that enables us to make choices and develop our own life projects. Without such preconditions safeguarded only because of respect for side constraints, utility would not function because there would be no calculus that would function to guide ethical behavior. Fourth,
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course US 122 taught by Professor Trelawney during the Spring '10 term at Colby-Sawyer.

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