Utilitarianism and Pleasure

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Kieran Tsai Utilitarianism and Pleasure 24-Feb-11 1. What is the conclusion of Mill’s Proof of Utilitarianism? It is impossible to proof as it is based on fact and experience and “can only be determined by practiced self-consciousness and self-observation, assisted by observation of others.” 2. What are the main premises which support his conclusion? The main premise is that you can see what other people sees, feel what other people feels so that you can know for a fact that having experienced both sides you can come to the same conclusion as to what is desirable. 3. Does it follow that because something is desired by people that it is desirable and good? Explain. No. From my own experience, a lot of people love to eat sweet foods and yet I do not have a strong desire of it. I don’t mind the sweetness but I hate how many sweet foods are sticky. Furthermore, I do not have a strong sense of smell, and hence I’m more sensitive to the texture of the food and thereby evaluate the quality of the good to be different, and
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Unformatted text preview: hence my desire for certain foods vary greatly with other people. This is similar to how the article described that some people choose the lesser good as the better good is inaccessible; although the definition of “better” and “lesser” would be dependent on the individual. Likewise, some people like to experience thrill, others don’t. Some like fame and power while others don’t even give a thought to them. Lastly, certain foods which are desirable to some are intolerable to others for biological reasons (such as allergies). In conclusion, people may desire the same consequence (be it happiness or other emotions), but a thing that one person desires does not necessarily result in the same consequence for another individual; and so the implication that the question states is too general and untrue in too many cases....
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