Posted: September 16th, 2022
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One of the big problems for utilitarianism is how to determine “the greatest good.” It’s easy enough to count lives, illnesses, injuries, children in school, people in jail, etc.; however, justice, freedom, equality, and other ideals can’t be tallied. A horrible crime has been committed and is being blamed on a disfavored ethnic group. Rioting, looting, and violence against that minority are widespread. You are the only witness to the initial crime, and you can stop all of this chaos by turning in a completely innocent man–homeless with no family. USING ONLY UTILITARIANISM, explain why you should or should not turn this man over to the police and testify against him. Journal Entry There is not necessarily a right or wrong answer, so the key is in developing your answer. If you stray from utilitarianism, it will count against you–this isn’t about what YOU think is right or wrong, but what a utilitarian might think is right or wrong.
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