Question

Anthony Weston concludes "that utilitarianism is a limited tool,"

that "can help resolve some conflicts of moral values," but that it "also has some edgy implications" when we apply it in our moral thinking.


Weston says that "[f]rom a utilitarian point of view, the point of punishment is not to exact revenge or retribution somehow, but to serve the social good, which seems to suggest a more restorative and less punitive approach to crime than we practice today."


Look again at page 161 in the text (p. 194 in the 4th Ed.), and Weston's discussion of justice in the paragraphs around which he quotes Mill.


Question: Is imprisoning people for non-violent crimes unjust, reasoning from utilitarian grounds? Why or why not?

Weston says that '[f]rom a utilitarian point of view, the point of punishment is not to exact revenge or retribution somehow, but to serve the...
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