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Discuss with your peers:

· This scenario and the corresponding questions always elicit a wide range of responses. Some people will disagree about the right choice to make, and some people will agree on the right choice but for different reasons. Discuss with your peers each other’s answers to these questions, especially when your peers’ answers differ from yours, and use that as a chance to draw out the strengths and weaknesses of utilitarianism.

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1. Do you agree with that? Why or why not?

2. Do you find yourself agreeing with the utilitarian about the answer to one of the scenarios but not the other? If so, explain what accounts for that difference. Does this point to objections, limitations, or flaws in the utilitarian approach? Explain.

3. If you found yourself agreeing with the utilitarian about both scenarios, how would you defend your view against those that might have given different answers?

PEERS RESPONSE:

Class,

According to our textbook, Utilitarianism seems ethical in my eyes; I might make decisions based on this concept.

Right actions: actions that result in the greatest overall happiness when compared with the results of alternative actions.

Wrong actions are performed when another action would have resulted in a greater overall balance of happiness and unhappiness. Thames, B.

(2018).

Although I might confuse the feeling of guilt as an unhappy emotion, I make decisions based on avoiding regret. I must say the thoughts that ran into my mind with each scenario and outcome, I can say that any outcome would be tragic, someone would need to die in each scenario. My first thought was save 5 minus 1 but really who has more of a right to live? all of them.

According to our textbook, Utilitarianism seems ethical in my eyes; I might make decisions based on this concept.

Right actions: actions that result in the greatest overall happiness when compared with the results of alternative actions.

Wrong actions are performed when another action would have resulted in a greater overall balance of happiness and unhappiness. Thames, B.

(2018).

Although I might confuse the feeling of guilt as an unhappy emotion, I make decisions based on avoiding regret. I must say the thoughts that ran into my mind with each scenario and outcome; I can say that any outcome would be tragic; someone would need to die in each scenario. My first thought was to save five and sacrifice one but really, who has more of a right to live? All of them. I do not think that the numbers put weigh a life. What is meant to happen will, let’s say, I did not know that I would kill another once the lever is pulled. If it happened and ended up as an accident, the perspective will change. If I see the outcome will be equal death, I will not pull the lever.

-Jessica

Thames, B. (2018). How should one live? Introduction to ethics and moral reasoning (3rd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

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