PHIL 2306 - Class project

PHIL 2306 - Class project - PHIL 2306 Summer 2010...

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PHIL 2306 – Summer 2010 Khoa Phan Instructor: Francesca Bruno Read the "Debate over Utilitarianism" handout, available in the Unit 3 folder, and answer the questions below. This assignment is worth 3 participation points. 1) What is the definition of Utilitarianism ? Define each of the three components, as we discussed in class (p. 100). 2) In this chapter, Rachels discusses a number of objections related to each part of the theory, i.e., consequentialism, hedonism, and the equality principle (see pp. 101-108). Which one do you find the most convincing ? Explain. 3) What is the best response that a Utilitarian could offer in response to the objection? Explain. (Rachels discusses different possible defenses a Utilitarian can offer on pp. 109-116). 1. Definition of Utilitarianism: it can be summarized in three propositions: a. Consequentialism: The RIGHT action is the one with the best consequences. (“Actions are to be judged right or wrong solely by virtue of their consequences; nothing else
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This note was uploaded on 10/01/2011 for the course PHIL 2306 taught by Professor Averyplank during the Summer '10 term at HCCS.

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