PPE 11:14 - Utilitarianism does have a concept of duty but...

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Utilitarianism does have a concept of duty, but not in the same way that other theories have - you cannot realistically think that your duty is to do the best thing for everyone all the time - Not realistic to think this Utility is measurable and comparable - Why should we punish people? – two wrongs don’t make a right - Punishing people prevents greater harm in the future - Putting them in jail prevents them from committing future crimes o Deterrence Insanity defense – if I am so diluted that I think you are coming at me with a gun because I think you are working for the mafia, then there is no amount of deterrence to override your insanity - People will use this when they are not actually insane Harm is justifiable if enough people get enough satisfaction out of it Rule utilitarianism – follow a general rule, such that if you follow this rule, you will maximize utility - tendency to misperceive - terrorists – think that they are committing horrendous acts because it will bring about the greater good
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