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Utilitarianism count - Extra Credit: Problem cases for Utilitarianism Due Friday, March 4. UTILITARIANISM says that a person is

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Unformatted text preview: Extra Credit: Problem cases for Utilitarianism Due Friday, March 4. UTILITARIANISM says that a person is morally required to perform the action, of the options available to them, which brings about the most happiness. One common method of objecting to utilitarianism is to present a case in which utilitarianism delivers a verdict some action that seems clearly incorrect. For example, a case in which utilitarianism counts an action as permissible or obligatory when it clearly ought to be impermissible, or a case in which utilitarianism counts an action as impermissible when it clearly ought to be permissible. In no more than one (double spaced) page, present one such case (a new one, of your own devising  ­ NOT one that we’ve already talked about in class), and explain why the case is troublesome for the utilitarian. (Why is it that your case threatens to show that utilitarianism is false?) Extra extra credit: Utilitarian Replies In no more than one page, present a defense of utilitarianism against the charge that the case you’ve just presented shows that it’s false. ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/15/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY 252 taught by Professor Egan during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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