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1.19.2012 Chapter 2 Utilitarianism 1. Comparisons of the amount of happiness a. The greatest happiness principle – being able to make these comparisons b. Important to Mill that there is a distinction between higher and lower pleasures b.i. Higher pleasures make a bigger contributions than the lower pleasures b.ii. “ It’s better to be a human being dissatisfied, than a pig satisfied” b.iii. “It’s better to be very intelligent than be a fool who is satisfied” b.iii.1. But how would we know that…. It’s unknowing how that would be done because the best judgment would come from a person who experience both b.iii.2. But we all agree that we should be intelligent human beings and engaging in life is far better than other circumstances 2. Objections to Utilitarianism a. Happiness is unattainable a.i. With proper education and social standard one can receive some of these higher pleasure eventually a.ii. It was a scale of happy lives to less happy lives we can push the people
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