PPE 11:14

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

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Unformatted text preview: 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 You should NEVER prevent free speech, even if you think that the greater good would be...
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This note was uploaded on 01/14/2012 for the course PPE 253 taught by Professor Mellers during the Fall '11 term at UPenn.

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

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