Integrity and Ethics: Utilitarianism Term Paper by Nicky

Integrity and Ethics: Utilitarianism
A discussion on the concept of utilitarianism.
# 129138 | 5,695 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 02, 2010 in Law (General) , Political Science (General) , Philosophy (General) , Ethics (General)

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This paper looks discusses the flaws in utilitarianism. In particular, the paper explains how the main problem with utilitarianism is that it does not take into account the human element because it promotes a society where people only care about the well being of the community and not enough about the well being of the individual. The paper contends that this lack of concern for the individuals is where utilitarianism falls short and why ethics and integrity are required along with a utilitarian approach in any society if it is to succeed.

Introduction - Justice as a Natural
Utilitarianism versus Justice
Utilitarianism in Society - Helping the Homeless
Conclusion - Utilitarianism and Integrity Must Come Together

From the Paper:

"Just like a mechanical or plumbing system would leak or break down if its integrity were compromised, so might an ethical system, and ethics, justice, and the attributes that make up a utilitarian approach all have to come together in just the right way to make sure that everyone involved gets what they need. To better understand that, however, it is necessary to more carefully explore the idea of utilitarianism to see where the problem allegedly lies.
"Justice as a natural right involves every person getting what is fair and just in every situation, no matter what else is going on. This is in clear contrast to the utilitarian view, which indicates that everyone should sacrifice what is good for themselves to help protect the good of all. Can there be a way to tie these two together, however? If people all work together for a common good, would not a utopian society where everyone does get everything that they want and need be reached?"

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Coffey, P. (1917). Epistemology the theory of knowledge: an introduction to general metaphysics. Vol. 1. New York: Longman's, Green, & Co.
  • Knox, Israel (1958). The aesthetic theories of Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. New York: Humanities Press.
  • Quinn, N. (2002). Velasquez Chapter Two. Retrieved from: ENGR019_301Winter2002/VelasquezChap2.pdf.
  • Smart, J.J.C. & Williams, B. (1973). Utilitarianism For & Against. Cambridge University Press

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