Utilitarianism : The Greatest Good For Greatest Number Of People

2127 WordsMar 19, 20169 Pages
“The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.” ― Leon Trotsky. Utilitarianism, simply defined is the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This is a very old philosophy that is believed to be founded by Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher and social reformer. Utilitarianism is a complex issue, it is one that many struggles with. Many people do not like this view because they simply do not like other people, in fact, James Alan Gardner went so far as to boldly say “I do not care about the greatest good for the greatest number . . . Most people are poop-heads I do not care about them at all.”. Many agree with what he says although they may not agree with how he says it. It is a view that has been argued upon for over a hundred years. Many people say that it is always right while some say it is dependent upon the scenario and then you have the people like James Alan Gardner who would flat out say it is wrong. This paper will present the views of Utilitarianism, elaborate on them and proceed to explain how we may or may not apply them in our own Christian context. John Stuart Mill describes Utilitarianism as a theory based on the principle that "actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.". So let’s explain Utilitarianism. First off it is important to note that in this view, each person 's happiness or well-being is as important as any other
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