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Chapter 12

PHIL 1200 Chapter 12: Topic 2
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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1200
Professor
David R.Hampton
Semester
Summer

Description
lP78R deciding about what needs to be done and not about what has been done in the past Motives are a criterion for judging people’s character, not their actions The actions that Utilitarianism prescribes are different from the ones common sense prescribes The anti-utilitarian argument This shows Utilitarianism to be flawed, since the morality it is talking about is certainly not the morality people are talking Two options A) show that – when properly thought of – utilitarianism really prescribes the same kinds of actions (e.g. cheating is bad, in utilitarian terms, because it causes a constant fear of being revealed and further pain for all, once the action has been made known) B) reject the common sense view, and claim that it is based on a misconception of morality as the following of some rules/laws/obligations/rights, when the only thing that moves us, and should move us, is happiness (both our happiness and the happiness of others) Utilitarianism violates personal int
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