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Kroymann 1 Ethan Kroymann Professor Sobel Philosophy 106 September 14, 2012 Assignment One The moral theory discussed in the given pages was utilitarianism. While no moral theory is perfect in all aspects, utilitarianism is considered as one of the most complete theories. To start, utilitarianism states that every person’s welfare is equal, no matter what color or gender they are. While this started as a radical thought, most humans now accept this to be true. Another trait of a person who believes in utilitarianism is that they are not afraid of conflict and will willing go against the popular opinion. In their mind, these people believe that the ultimate right answer is the one that produces the most overall well-being. Russ Shafer-Landau provides us with a brilliant example about this. Instead of always telling the truth, utilitarianism says that
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Unformatted text preview: it might be acceptable to tell a small lie in order to maximize well-being. Utilitarianism allows us to easily solve moral conflicts. Many people follow utilitarianism because it follows the principles that most people do. For example, people usually consider telling the truth, helping the poor, and keeping promises to be morally right. Utilitarianism promotes these ideas. People also consider lying, rape, and murder as morally wrong. Utilitarianism goes against these things. This moral theory also favors character traits such as compassion, kindness, and benevolence over those such as greed, malice, and ingratitude. A majority of the world’s population agrees with this and that is why utilitarianism is generally the most accepted moral theory....
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