In my utilitarianist view, ethics is most often about minimizing damage, not avoiding it. In most situations avoiding damage is impossible, and being that inaction is just as much of a decision as action–in that it brings about a consequence–the moral decision is to do something, and for that something to take into consideration the net effects of good and bad.

This a long winded way of saying, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”



  1 comment for “Utilitarianism

  1. October 13, 2018 at 4:28 am

    Not if you care about minorities. And the smallest minority is the individual.

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