John Stuart Mill as an Act Utilitarian
How to govern actions through a moral capacity, creates a division within the moral
theory of utilitarianism that is not as disparate as some scholars argue. After the lesson of the
distinction between the difference
Three threats to ethics
Why should I be moral? Why not just do
whats good for me?
Are there universal truths in ethics? Or it
morality relative to a particular culture?
Does morality rest on religion? Is
everything permitted if G
The study of right and
studies what people
ought to do and
which moral beliefs
This is what well be
study of peoples
practices and moral
Our treatment of animals
Animals as sources of sustenance
Killing animals for food and clothing
Experimentation on animals
Recreation: pets, hunting, zoos
I am a vegetaria
1.2 billion live below World Bank poverty
line of $1.25 a day.
Annual death toll from poverty-related
causes: 18 million (a third of all deaths).
10 million children a year die from povertyrelated causes.
About a billion people
Kants deontological ethics
Kant and Friends at Table, Painting by Emil Doerstling, about 1
The good will
Nothing in the worldindeed nothing
even beyond the worldcan possibly be
conceived which could be called good
without qualification except a
Introduction to Ethics
Most people would agree that lying to another person is morally unacceptable,
and that we should refrain from doing this. Immanuel Kant would say that we have a duty
to one another not to lie, just
Bennett on bad morality
A morality whose principles I deeply
disapprove of (340i).
I cant prove its wrong! But I dont need to:
I think youll agree its bad.
Does Bennetts attitude worry you? In
other words, do you think it might be
harder to distinguis