Ethical Theories in the Movies Film Review by TheSoffist

Ethical Theories in the Movies
Examines the role of act-utilitarianism in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors".
# 60910 | 1,747 words | 2 sources | APA | 2005 | CA
Published on Sep 16, 2005 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Ethics (General)

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The ethical theory of 'act utilitarianism' regards the solution to moral problems in terms of a calculus or algorithm that will, when given the relevant input, be able to provide the 'morally right' output. This paper describes the role that the ethical theory of act-utilitarianism plays in Woody Allen's movie, "Crimes and Misdemeanors". The paper argues that act-utilitarianism is shown to be a faulty ethical theory according to the movie.

From the Paper:

"Even assuming that happiness were something that was objective and easily measured, it could still be possible for two people to have differences of opinion in deciding which morally correct course of action to take. While Judah may have seen the murder of Delores as being the course of action that not only preserved his happiness and the happiness of his family and all of those around him, were Delores to be consulted, she would have most likely come up with a different conclusion. Assuming that she was using act utilitarianism to come to her decision as well, Delores probably would have argued that Judah leaving his wife would have led to more happiness in the long run that the ending of her own life."

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