Rule Utilitarianism

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Rule Utilitarianism Act Utilitarianism — Bentham’s original version, in which the Principle of Utility is applied to each particular act that one might perform in a particular choice situation, in order to come up with a judgment about what is the morally right thing to do in that particular case — is subject to an objection: it is impractical. While it may be theoretically solid, it can’t always be put into practice. That’s because there is not enough time to go through the very complicated calculations needed to arrive at a solid judgment about what the consequences of one’s actions in that situation are likely to be. This is always to some extent a matter of guesswork, estimation of probabilities; but it’s important that our estimates be reasonable ones, and that will often require a lot of serious, time-consuming thought. But that will often be time we don’t have, as we are frequently required to make our moral choices as events are happening. In those cases, we can’t
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 1318 taught by Professor None during the Fall '08 term at SMU.

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