The Utilitarianism By John Stuart Mill

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Utilitarianism as an example of consequentialism is a moral theory generally considered to have started in the late eighteenth century. In the book Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill he defined the ethical theory stating that “…actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness”(7). The idea behind the theory is that people seek happiness, and that the ultimate goal of all human beings is to be happy. Therefore, according to the utilitarianism greatest happiness principle, when a person wishes to act in an ethically sound manner, he or she should strive to bring about the greatest possible amount of happiness for the greatest possible amount of people. In contrast, the distinction of a consequentialist theory of ethics from other ethical theories is that non-consequentialist judge the rightness or wrongness of an action based on the essential goods and not based on generating the greatest good. Indeed, utilitarian’s do not care about people’s personal agenda or whether their actions happen to hurt others. As long as the eventual results lead to more pleasure than pain, it is considered morally right.
A utilitarian point of view on life is to seek happiness as the ultimate goal. Since, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs” drug user have been criminalized for simplify enjoying themselves. Considering, the book on Utilitarianism of John Stuart Mill, criminalizing drug use is
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