“Utilitarianism”

  • What is most significant to you about a consequentialist approach to ethics and why? Refer to actual quotes and page numbers in your reading.
  • After watching the instructor video with case study on “lifeboats” and “deserted island living,” share a very brief example of your own “lifeboat” or “deserted island” and what decision you had to make that left you in a dilemma.
  • Explain what drawbacks there could be to a consequentialist/outcomes approach to ethics and share a personal experience of a time when you faced a drawback using an outcomes-based decision-making framework.

Abumere, F. A. (2019). “Utilitarianism”. In G. Matthews (Ed.), Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics (pp. 45-52) (Website) (PDF ) https://press.rebus.community/intro-to-phil-ethics/chapter/utilitarianism/

Asia’s Kidney Black Market | 101 East- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6yRKosE2MI

Lifeboat ethics: Would you sacrifice one life to save many?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcKg7a3lNzw

PHILOSOPHY – Ethics: Utilitarianism, Part 3 [HD]   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoCuVa9UeR4

PHILOSOPHY – Ethics: Utilitarianism, Part 2 [HD] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDk23Q0S9E

PHILOSOPHY – Ethics: Utilitarianism, Part 1 [HD] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvmz5E75ZIA