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There Are No Winners Essay

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Imagine that you are a passenger on a flight headed to a major city. Hijackers take over the cockpit and the pilots are left murdered. The hijackers begin to terrorize the passengers on the plane. They plan to drop nuclear bombs down onto the major city you are headed to. They make it clear that, they in no way want to die, and therefore all passengers besides the pilots will survive the flight. You and other passengers discuss that together you can stop the hijackers from dropping the nuclear bombs. Unfortunately, you all are faced with a tough decision. You all know that if you allow these hijackers to drop the bombs you will survive, but if you overthrow them you all will die but will ...view middle of the document...

For instance, in the example given above, Bentham would argue that the outcome was a good one, because more people were saved as a result of the passengers taking over the plane and sacrificing their own lives to save the entire city. In order to solidify his argument, Bentham’s “greatest happiness principle” would be that the right action is the one that maximizes the greatest happiness opposed to suffering. Going back to the flight, yes, the friends and families of the 300 passengers would suffer a great deal because they lost their loved ones, but in the end the world would be happier because so many more people survived.
John Stuart Mill, another English philosopher, is one of greatest supporters of utilitarianism. Mill defines utilitarianism as, “…the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure.” (513) He is a firm believer in that utilitarianism is about advancing the maximum amount of good, which in turn creates happiness or pleasure. Mill’s claims that, “the happiness which forms the utilitarian standard of what is right in conduct is not the agent’s own happiness, but that of all concerned.”(515) Mill also agrees with Bentham’s way of thinking that the ends should be best for the majority of...

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