The Wrong of Utilitarianism
Webcast Q&A: 29 April 2012, Question 1
I answered a question on the wrong of utilitarianism on 29 April 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What's wrong with utilitarianism? The basic principle of utilitarianism is "the greatest happiness for the greatest number." What's wrong with that as a moral standard? Shouldn't a person act for the good of society?
My Answer, In Brief: Utilitarianism claims that every person obliged to promote greatest happiness for the greater number. It's an utterly wrong moral theory based on unjustified hedonism, egalitarianism, and collectivism. When put into practice, the result is massive injustice and misery.
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