Section 1 Utilitarianism

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Justice Section Review Utilitarianism Utilitarianism, a broad concept that when distilled to its root core seeks to maximize the greatest happiness for the greatest number. When conceived of as a philosophy designed to serve as the cultural adhesive of a society, its applications have ramifications that offer potential advantages, such as putting the needs of he many above the needs of the one or few, but concurrently also disadvantages, say when the prerogatives of the minority are derailed and subject to the whims of the majority. Jeremy Bentham believes Utilitarianism to be “the interest of the community,” that is the “sum of the interests of the several members who compose it.” 1 While reviewing the concept for section, the majority of discussion centered on application of utilitarian principles to the case of The Queen v. Dudley and Stephens (1884), where this case study took a community of survivors on a lifeboat and attempts to discern whether the actions of the captain and his grew can be justified or are they morally reprehensible. While no definitive answer was ever ascertained, the following attempts to capture the arguments offered by both ends of the spectrum. In brief the
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2012 for the course ER 022 taught by Professor Michaelsandel during the Fall '10 term at Harvard.

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