Utilitarianism Key Words

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Define: Hedonism
The belief that pleasure is the chief 'good'
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Define: Utility Principle
The rightness or wrongness of an action is determined by its 'utility' or usefullness
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Define: Hedonic Calculus
Created by Bentham, a utilitarian system where the effects of an action can be measured as to the amount of pleasure it might bring
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Define: Act Utilitarianism
Where the rightness or wrongness of an action are calculated by the amount of happiness resulting from these acts
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Define: Quantitive
Concerned with the amount (act)
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Define: Qualitive
Concerned with the value and nature (rule)
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Define: Rule Utilitarianism
Where general rules are assessed for the happiness-making properties rather than individual decisions. So an action is right or wrong according to the rules
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Define: Preference Utilitiarianism
Utilitarian theory interested in the best consequences fro those involved rather than what creates most pleasure and least pain
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