Essay heading: A Comparison Of Kantian And Utiliarian Ethical Approaches

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If the town only housed, for example, twelve Jewish people, a fraction of the larger population, the right decision would be to not put the greater population at risk and to reveal the Jewish people to the proper authorities. According to Utilitarians, the “rightness or wrongness of actions depends on the consequences instead of the intentions” of an agent; if the agent commits an action that would impede the happiness of the greatest good (i...
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hiding a Jewish person to save them from a certain death, resulting in the whole town being prosecuted), the action would be bad, regardless of the fact that the agent’s intentions were good. Kantian and Utilitarian approaches to ethically difficult situations, according to Hinman, tend to lose sight of the needs of individual people...
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