Utility And Morals By John Stuart Mill

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Utility and Morals Imagine you are part of a plane crash, you and many other people, are trying to get on board of the only lifeboat that is available. Unfortunately it’s already carrying too much weight and you must decide who stays and who goes. Leaving the elderly people behind would be a wise decision since they have limited motor skills and in an environment of survival it might be a risk. If any of them happen to have a disability it will impact their rate of survival. In a situation as dire as the one presented it’s important to have the means necessary to secure the survival of many. “John Stuart Mill, by contrast, argued that the rules of right and wrong should above all else achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people, even though particular individuals might be worse off as a result” (Zimmer. 2004).
Will one sacrifice the elderly and the children for a higher chance at survival? Pecorino has explained that “The Principle of Utility is used in Methodist ethics to explain a possible approach to answering what is best. In a single word, it captures an idea of the good is that which produces the greatest benefit, the greatest advantage, for the satisfaction of the interest for the greatest number of people who are directly related to the action being considered”. When placed in a situation where you select what is beneficial for you and others you are able to form a group that has a higher chance of moving onward. This would be an act of…
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