Unformatted text preview: • Utilitarianism – one should pursue the greatest amount of pleasure (or happiness) o Let’s try an example: If I do Act A, I get 50 units of happiness while 10 other people get a total of 5 units of happiness per person for a total of 100 units of happiness for everyone combined. However, if I do Act B, I lose 50 units of happiness but those 10 people gain 30 units of happiness per person (300 units of happiness) for a total 250 units. If ur a utilitarian, u would choose act B. o Fun Fact: Jeremy Benton defined 1 unit of pleasure as a hedon. o An interesting historical question: How come, since egoistic hedonism was so dominant in ancient Rome & Greece, why did it make a comeback in such an unselfish form (utilitarianism)? Siegmann might say Christianity is responsible; 1000 years of “unselfishness” is wrong may have accounted for it....
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- Spring '11
- Ethics , Suffering, Hedonists