UTILITARIANISM S & W

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UTILITARIANISM –

STRENGTHS & WEAKENESSES

 

The theory revolves around the consequences of actions. Both the strengths and weaknesses relate to this governing principle:

 

 

Strengths

 

  • It takes consequences into account. Without consideration of consequences moral choices would only be based on personal preference

 

  • Also, only consequences have a real effect on human well-being, whereas motives may be good or bad

 

  • It considers Human well-being to be intrinsically good. Actions are judged according to their effect on this well-being

 

  • It is compatible with Jesus’ teaching “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Matt 7:12)

 

  • It encourages a democratic approach.  The majority interest is considered and any dangerous minorities are unable to dominate

 

  • It deals with circumstances without reference to

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