Moral Justification in Greatest Happiness Principle

1124 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 5 Pages
This ended up leading to the death of Spock and in his dying words to Admiral Kirk he says “Don't grieve, Admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh ...the needs of the few...or the one.” This relates almost exactly to the words of John Stuart Mill, a Utilitarian philosopher, on the idea of the Greatest Happiness Principle. The greatest happiness principle is kind of simple alteration of the quote in that instead of acting out the needs of the many we can act so long as the action promotes the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people affected. Meaning that any action you can take can be morally justified if it brings about the most amount of happiness to the most amounts of people. According to John Stuart Mill this is an acceptable foundation for morality but is it really? Truly this isn’t that great of a foundation for morality, one person cannot assume that his or her actions will result in happiness other people. This is because one people associate different meanings to their individual happiness. Also this is an unstable foundation for morality because we cannot see every consequence for our actions as soon as they take place. There sure are immediate results as to how our actions impact the people around us but…
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