Utilitarianism

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Philosophy

 

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Albert M

 

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December 12, 2014

 

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Utilitarianism is a tradition stemming from the late 18th- and 19th-century English philosophers and economists Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill that an action is right if it tends to promote happiness and wrong if it tends to produce the reverse of happiness; not just the happiness of the performer of the action but also that of everyone affected by it...
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Utilitarianism also differs from ethical theories that make the rightness or wrongness of an act dependent upon the motive of the agent; for, according to the Utilitarian, it is possible for the right thing to be done from a bad motive (http://www.britannica.com). Utilitarianism defines the morally right actions as those actions that maximize some good or happiness and minimize some evil...
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