Evalutation of Utilitarianism

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  • Seems reasonable to link morality with pursuit of happiness
  • Natural to consider consequences of our actions
  • Common sense system - no need for a special wisdom
  • Be sure that the consequences will actually come about
  • Depends upon accurate predictions of future
  • Humans' don't always display accurate foresight
  • How far do we look into the future?
  • Law of unseen consquences

Justice vs Happiness

  • Ensures maximum pleasure but doesn't set out how pleasure is distributed
  • Guarentees nothing for minorities
  • Nothing prevents total sacrifice of one pleasure for the benefit of a whole
  • 'For the question can always be raised of how great the price is that is


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