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ETHICS. Kyle and Young Kwon. Debate Applications . Utilitarianism . Greatest good for greatest number Common good? = K_on5gEMAfM. Ethical?. Body counts Is the death of many ethical to save a few?

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Kyle and Young Kwon

  • Greatest good for greatest number
  • Common good?
  • Body counts
  • Is the death of many ethical to save a few?
  • Turrrist example- the world is a violent place and we must be realistic
  • Impotence in the face of disaster-is purity of ones intentions possible or relevant?
  • Just cleans the conscience of the supports of the prior question of morality
  • If we were to look at the world view through that of our opponents then how would be weigh competing rights claims- this would require a cost benefit analysis that is fundamentally utilitarian
  • The nature of morality and what is a good life is up for debate and based on different preferences- thus universalization is near impossible- value to life is subjective
  • Leads to violence- if we have government imposing their own moral code it has the potential to cause totalitarianism
  • The belief that certain lives are not as valuable justifies state sanctioned violence
response to morality
Response to Morality
  • Maximize quality if life- continuing life- extinction is just more important
  • With a crisis of morality is there is always a potential that things will get better- but with threats of extinction there should be no trial and error- incomparable to any other event
  • Future generations
  • Value each life equally this the goal is to save the most possible
  • Absent pragmatism we ignore the consequences of our actions
  • Body counts- make us express to the world that war is violent and the deaths happened
  • Threshold deontology- be reasonable we should consider moral goodness up to a point
government as an actor
Government as an actor
  • Would you rather you government make emotional decisions or one based on an objective cost-benefit analysis?
  • The individual may act unwisely but the government has to look our for all its citizens
  • There are always opportunity costs- until demand we actually grapple with the decisions and not burry our heads in the sand