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Unformatted text preview: Rights (privacy) Backward-LookingReasons (prior promises) Too demanding (obligatory vs. Supereorogatory actions) Personal Relationships (partiality to friends) III. Three Defenses for Utilitarianism 1. The arguments most frequently presented against utilitarianism are extremist and unrealistic (framing an innocent man, for example). 2. Rule Utilitarianism- Follow the general rules of conduct that promote the greatest happiness. Individual utilitarian actions can be justified by first considering the already established rules. 3. Utilitarianism is better than our common moral sense, which includes prejudices absorbed from parents, religion and the general culture. Perhaps it is our inherited morality and moral feelings, not utilitarianism, that need to be discarded. Act Utilitarianism may be the best way to overcome the fallacies of our common sense morality....
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course RTV 4931 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.
- Fall '08