PHL 204-07

Act Utilitarianism: the right thing for you to do in any situation is the action that will lead to the greatest amount of pleasure over pain possible

Everyone’s pleasure counts equally: total overall pleasure is what matters; how distributed is irrelevant

purely forward-looking, not backward: all that matters are future consequences

3 objections to Act-Utilitarianism:

  1. “No Time” objection (Ch2, ¶24)
  2. “Too Demanding” objection (Ch2, ¶19)
    • it requires me to do too much and is too intrusive in my life. everydecision is a moral decision
  3. “Too Lenient” objection (Nagel’s War & Massacre)
    • any kind of action could be morally required in certain circumstances: killing, torture, maiming, theft, etc.
  4. *** CLASS BROKE EARLY, INSTRUCTOR ILL ***

    Advertisements
Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.