Utilitarianism – “It is possible to measure good or pleasure and then reach a moral decision.” Discuss. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue – Your argument   Red – Argument against Orange – Critical analysis Purple – Scholars Utilitarianism is a teleological (concerned with the end result) system of ethics which proposes happiness as the only intrinsic good. Jeremy Bentham developed his theory on the basis of psychological hedonism, which means human beings seek pleasure and avoid … Continue reading Utilitarianism – “It is possible to measure good or pleasure and then reach a moral decision.” Discuss. (40 marks)

Utilitarianism – “Ethical judgements about something being good, bad, right or wrong should based on the extent to which, in any given situation, utility is best served.” Assess this view. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue - Your argument   Red - Argument against Orange - Critical analysis Purple - Scholars The principle of utility was proposed by Jeremy Bentham and states that what is moral is what best serves the end of utility. It is often quoted as the “the greatest happiness for the greatest amount of people.” This … Continue reading Utilitarianism – “Ethical judgements about something being good, bad, right or wrong should based on the extent to which, in any given situation, utility is best served.” Assess this view. (40 marks)

Utilitarianism – Assess the view that Utilitarianism gives no useful guidance for making moral decisions. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue - Your argument   Red - Argument against Orange - Critical analysis Purple - Scholars Utilitarianism is a consequentialist theory (what is moral is based on consequences of actions) of normative ethics (how one ought to act) based upon the principle of utility which can be summarised by the statement, “it is the greatest … Continue reading Utilitarianism – Assess the view that Utilitarianism gives no useful guidance for making moral decisions. (40 marks)