utilitarianism


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doctrine that the useful is the good

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He offers an ingenious substitute for utilitarianism. Instead of directly advancing a theory of his own, Rawls asks what we can do when faced with the fact that people do not agree on a common conception of the good.
Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is one of the major teleological, or consequentialist, theories and is derived from the works of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) (Beauchamp & Childress, 2001).
* H2d--Accounting students will identify utilitarianism as a reason for whistleblowing to an internal manager.
And neither fusty academic preciousness nor brusque work-centred utilitarianism are the answer.
We could amend that rule by adding as many exception clauses as needed to maximize utility in these exceptional cases--in which case we end up with a "restricted" (rule) utilitarianism that always prescribes whatever conduct an "extreme" (act) utilitarianism would call for.
Ethicist Robert Merrihew Adams reconciles the gap between Kessel's and Blackmore's observations with his description of a particular strain of utilitarianism, which is rooted in the morality of motives.
Among his most well-known and significant are A System of Logic (1843); Principles of Political Economy (1848); On Liberty (1859), and Utilitarianism (1863).
With an optional hardtop to supplant the standard soft-top and the traditional fold-down windscreen, the Unlimited no longer makes a virtue of utilitarianism and boasts modernities like ESP, multi-stage airbags, antirollover system, improved handling and the accomplished Volkswagen 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine.
One approach to understanding ethics is utilitarianism, which holds that ethical decisions are based on what will create the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
His cold-blooded utilitarianism is jarring at times, even off-putting, although he remains true to his nature.
He seems impatient with the duty of addressing critics and flippantly dismisses the formidable array of philosophical arguments against his brand of utilitarianism. If he had considered some of them more carefully, he might have been led to reconsider his naive approach to government.
The moral teaching of the Church in regard to marriage and bioethics is opposed by utilitarianism and also by pragmatism.
This book on Mill's utilitarianism is a well written, carefully thought out essay dealing with all major aspects of his thought, and it is well worth reading, especially for undergraduates taking a course either in general ethics or in Mill's thought.
But although much of this became opportunistic camouflage for the mean-spirited utilitarianism that modern architecture had degenerated into, the original impulse had been laudable: to ameliorate modern architecture's failures, by reconnecting with history and people, and reconnecting the city.
Modern moral theories, the most representative of which are utilitarianism and Kantian moral theory, do not concern themselves directly with virtue and character.