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we must consider six things when deciding if a certain situation will cause more pleasure or pain. The six things are: its intensity, its duration, its certainty, its propinquity, its fecundity, and its purity. By using this method Act Utilitarianism takes into account several factors before determining a decision. Not only is Act Utilitarianism concerned about how the consequence will affect your life but also the lives around you. It truly results in the best overall option for any meaningful situation. One can look at mankind and determine that the reason they do certain things to increase pleasure and decrease pain. I go to school because one day I want to get a good job and I want to make a lot of money because I know that making money will increase my happiness. Therefore, because we as humans only do things to increase pleasure and decrease pain, than Act Utilitarianism will result in the best circumstance. The demandingness 2.0 objection by Hooker does not make a more sufficient argument than his second objection of Act Utilitarianism which states that Act Utilitarianism will ask you to ignore special relationships you have with people if the result is more good overall. For example, Act Utilitarianism could ask you to kill your mother in order to save ten people. This argument along with the demandingness 2.0 seem unrealistic and would never take place in a normal society which results in Act Utilitarianism becoming the best possible outcome when considering an important decision. More arguments for AU Conclusion
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  • Spring '10
  • Ethics , act utilitarianism, Brad Hooker

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