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Unformatted text preview: PHILOSOPHY 13 MIDTERM EXAM FALL, 2001 No use of books or notes is permitted at any time during this exam. Part I. Essay question. This portion of the exam counts for 60 per cent of your exam grade. Time allowed: 30 minutes. Answer one of the following two questions: 1. J. S. Mill writes that "one of the strongest obstacles to the reception of the doctrine that utility or happiness is the criterion of right and wrong has been drawn from the idea of justice." According to Mill, what is the difficulty that the idea of justice poses for the advocate of utilitarianism? How does Mill propose to resolve the difficulty in chapter 5 of Utilitarianism ? Either defend utilitarianism against justice-based criticism or the criticism against utilitarianism. Your discussion should include a consideration of John Rawls's concern that utilitarianism "does not take seriously the distinction between persons." Or 2. In "Selflessness and the Loss of Self" Jean Hampton argues that altruism, serving others at a 2....
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course PHIL 13 taught by Professor Arneson during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.
- Spring '08