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How does utilitarianism deal with threats to others which depend on your actions?

Direct vs indirect consequences One might consider a carried-out threat to be an indirect consequence. Utilitarianism wouldn't draw a definitive line between direct and indirect consequences of one's ...
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Is Tipping Morally Justifiable?

I think that the Singerian perspective would be that any deviation from 'eating lentil soup and giving all money and/or time to the most effective methods of betterment of society' is behaving less-...
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Is Tipping Morally Justifiable?

How do you define "utility", "maximized well being" and what is your "essence of tipping culture". Like apparently the "beauty" of utilitarianism is that you ...
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Is Tipping Morally Justifiable?

I am not a utilitarian by any means, but I'll give this a shot. The short answer is yes, I think it would be morally justifiable under utilitarianism. I doubt that the practice of tipping is the last ...
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Ethics based on maximizing "understanding"

I will answer only with regard to the problem of understanding the causes and remedies for suffering. The social efforts to remedy problems associated with the emotional "Check Engine Light"....
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Ethics based on maximizing "understanding"

There is, incidentally, a view known as epistemic consequentialism: Many epistemologists seem to have sympathy for the basic idea behind epistemic consequentialism, because many epistemologists have ...
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Why are most utilitarians not eugenicists?

You'd have openly held that position before the 1950s, especially in Europe. However, today, the politics has been highly in favour of victimhood rather than agresiveness and merciless as before . ...
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Why are most utilitarians not eugenicists?

For your examples of killing people, forced infertilisation or eliminating welfare, we're talking about: Inflicting significant guaranteed suffering in the short-term For the mere possibility of ...
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Why are most utilitarians not eugenicists?

Utilitarianism specifies 'the greatest good for the greatest number', not 'the greatest good for the collective whole'. It's a subtle but philosophically significant difference. Individualism is hard-...
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Why are most utilitarians not eugenicists?

The simple answer to your question: The fact that most utilitarians are not eugenicists shows one of the limits of utilitarism. Do not violate people in a severe way for the possible benefit of others....
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Why are most utilitarians not eugenicists?

Broadly speaking, the question of whether a particular desirable phenotypical expression justifies eugenic intervention hinges on one hand on whether that selection is reliably demonstrated to be an ...
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