Are emotional aspects considered in the utilitarian model of morality?
We know the utilitarian model of morality proposes a standard based on the calculated value of how much an action contributes to overall improvement/worsening to label that action as moral or immoral.
Now we also know that it is very difficult to measure the total value accurately due to technical limitations and lack of knowledge. Now my question is while measuring the total overall impact value do utilitarian models consider emotional aspects or not?
Let me give a hypothetical situation as an example:
An only son of a father (his only family member) was murdered and the jury wants to calculate how much harm has been done to the father based on a utilitarian model.
Now there can be two possibilities:
The jury can measure the harm value using his total investment in the son, his future expected value from the son based on education, qualifications and so on, but
- without taking the father’s emotional loss value into consideration and only considering the material value of the loss
- with taking the father’s emotional loss value into consideration and putting a reasonable amount for it
My question is, even though it's difficult to measure the emotional loss value, does the utilitarian model propose a framework that considers it (or propose a model that will consider when the emotional loss value calculation is possible in the future)?