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Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 10/5/11 1 Last time, we formulated act utilitarianism: Act Utilitarianism (AU): An act is morally right if and only if the act maximizes the net amount happiness across all the affected parties. We also formulated an accompanying imperative the Principle of Utility or the Greatest Happiness Principle: Principle of Utility (PU) or the Greatest Happiness Principle: Act so as to maximize the net amount of happiness across all the affected parties. AU says that an act is morally right if and only if there is no other act that the agent could perform at the time he performs it that would produce a greater net amount of happiness across all parties affected by it. PU says, “Do that act. Do the act that maximizes the net amount of happiness across all affected parties. AU is formulated in a way that both Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill would endorse. But I noted that Bentham and Mill embrace different forms of hedonism. Mill argues for a qualitative distinction between pleasures
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course PHIL 164 taught by Professor Doviak during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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