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Unformatted text preview: 1-18-11Character -> motives -> intentions -> action -> consequencesConsequentialist whether the action is right or wrong is based on its consequencesUtilitarianism all of them are consequentialistsUtilitarianismJeremy BenthamoPrinciple of utility: Maximize goodJohn Stuart Mill (1806-1873)oThe Greatest Happiness Principle:oActions are right insofar as the tend to promote happinessoActions are wrong insofar as the tend to promote the opposite of happinessConsequencesoConsequentialism: an acts value depends on its consequences (effects on the amount of good)oUniversalism: everyones good counts equallyMotives, intentions, etc.oUtilitarians treat what comes before the act as relevant, but only because of consequences;1.An intention is good if it tends to lead to good actions2.A motive is good if it tends to lead to good intentions3.A character trait is good of it tends to lead to good motives4.A person is good if he tends to have good character traits5.A society is god if it tends to have good people.A society is god if it tends to have good people....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course PHI 2100 taught by Professor Mikepatterson during the Spring '12 term at FSU.
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