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Act Utilitarianism and Rule Utilitarianism

In six pages this essay defines utilitarianism and then attempts to answer 'Does rule utilitarianism collapse into act utilitarian...

Types of Utilitarianism

This 5 page paper defines the philosophy of utilitarianism and differentiates between act-utilitarianism and rule-utilitarianism. ...

The U.S. Decision to Invade Iraq in 2003, Justified with References to John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Nagel and the Principles of Utilitarianism

rule-utilitarianism. Act-utilitarianism "supposes that each particular action should be evaluated solely by references to its own ...

Immorality of Deforestation Questioned

of an action is determined only by the welfare of individuals (2003). It is important to note that this topic involves the environ...

Ethical Theories and Norma Rae

offer the greatest good to the greatest number, in that the rights of the majority - the workforce - are protected. However, we al...

Quantity v. Quality in Utilitarianism

This 5 page paper analyzes John Stuart Mill's theory of Utilitarianism, how it works and how it evaluates actions, both quantitati...

Mill and Utilitarianism

films, good meals-it doesnt really matter in the context of the doctrine. His point is that things can only be considered "better"...

World Religions : Buddhism

painful as are disease and old age. It is painful not to have what we would like to have (Lorentz, 2007). In other words, life is ...

Buddhism and Conflict Transformation

tolerance, and forgiveness. Indeed, many religions have a history of instilling peace in not-so-peaceful times. Buddhism...

Examination of Buddhism

cycles and reaches a point where they achieve a position where they no longer find themselves attached to desire, they will find N...

Development of Buddhism

in order to trade, with the understanding that China had many things that other parts of the world did not possess. It was also an...

Afterlife, Reincarnation, and Religion

In eight pages this paper discusses how the three global religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Catholicism perceive reincarnation a...

Facts about Buddhism

life; the unity of the human soul with the universal soul, or Atman; the doctrine that self-discovery is also the discovery of the...

Buddhism and Christianity

to enlightenment. The aim of the focus is to achieve an ultimate and final freedom from existence (Religious Tolerance [1], 2007)....

Buddhism and Utilitarianism

consciousness" (Sayadaw). These are the normal processes of perception, movement, and consciousness. With this concept Buddha arri...

The Flaw in Utilitarian Theory

is one alternative in deriving a moral theory when considering a variety of philosophical models. Above all, it is simplistic. And...

Deontology and Utilitarianism

direct encounter with value occurs in the experience of pleasure. Delight or felt satisfaction was, according to his official vie...

Legislation Enacted Under Utilitarianism

to do with whether or not the act increased or decreased overall happiness or whether they have utility. Acts are evaluated based ...

The Distinction Between Persons and the Principles of Utilitarianism

causes them to prefer intellectual pleasures over sensual ones. He continues in his thinking to assume that the principle of utili...

Morals, Utilitarianism and William Frankena

deem as acceptable. The concept of a rational society, in which the entire community is greatly influenced by principles its mem...

Is Utilitarianism a Coherent Position to Take in Ethics?

the greatest number." We can see if that makes sense in regard to a coherent position in ethics, as De George explains it. Lets l...

Can Utilitarianism Be Considered a Sound Ethical Theory?

complements that of the utilitarian. The utilitarian focuses on the badness of the victims agony but cannot readily grasp the sign...

The Theory of Utilitarianism

up with perhaps the earliest fully developed system of utilitarianism, of which two prominent features are noteworthy ("Utilitari...

The Demands of Utilitarianism

the expense of so many others? Indeed not, inasmuch as Sarahs mistake cannot be expected to cost one hundred innocent lives over ...

The Development of Utilitarianism

action should be judged in terms of whether or not that act brings the "greatest good" to the "greatest number" (Frost, 1962, p. 9...

Is Buddhism a Socially Conscious Version of Hinduism?

Christian ethics consist of many different entities, including Gods love for all His creation and the bond He established with hum...

Mahayana Buddhism's Middle Way

an extreme way where one would live life without pleasure or one would live a life with pleasure alone. Many know individuals who ...

Shinto vs. Buddhism

West (pp. 8). But he also makes a statement that reflects the points to be covered in this report when he explains that each of th...

Practices in Buddhism

wily, and often capitalize on the religions popularity. "For example, seats of power are often located near stupas (commemorative ...

How Buddhism Came to America

with the term Zen. This is because Zen had become quite popular in the United States early on. What happened was that there was a ...