Friday Sept 16 – Is the Greatest Good for the Greatest Number the Greatest Idea?

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  1. finish Michael Sandel video (The Case for Cannibalism)
  2. group discussion – do-you-agree-with-utilitarianism
  3. class discussion
  4. utilitarianism-strengths-and-weaknesses reading
  5.  ASSIGNMENT: What’s the Right Thing to Do:



Wed Sept 14: Utilitarianism – but what about the cabin boy?

  1. finish watching to 15:27 of What’s the Right Thing to Do?
    1. jot down the meanings of “consequential” and “categorical” morality
  2. continue watching the above video starting at 24:28 – end
    1. Be able to answer the following questions:
      1. Who is Jeremy Bentham?
      2. What is Utilitarianism?
      3. What is his idea of the right or just thing to do? What is “utility”?
      4. How do we use the concepts of pleasure and pain to act morally
      5. How can Bentham’s morality be summed up?
  3. discussion