Alleviate Suffering

Mon, Oct 01

In this class we'll tackle the second of three major philosophical views about what it is to do the right thing: utilitarianism.  According to utilitarians, the key to acting morally is to do whatever will alleviate suffering and promote pleasure in the world.  As a result, anything that can feel pain or pleasure deserves your moral consideration.  And we might be called upon to make some significant sacrifices if it holds out the hope of making the world better.

Key Concepts: Utilitarianism, the Greatest Happiness Principle, Equality of Consideration, Sentience