Doing What Feels Right – The pleasure principle
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Join Hugh Taft-Morales for an exploration of ethical paradigms from the Western tradition. There is no required reading, but those attending are encouraged to explore some of the discussion topics prior to each meeting.
For our third class will explore an intuitive appealing and popular approach to the ethics – the belief that what matters is the result of our actions. Categorized as “consequentialism,” this broad array of approaches may differ about what result is a good result, but they agree that “character” and “principle” matter little if we do not approve of the effects of such character and principles. Dominating this perspective is utilitarianism, a philosophy promoting the greatest good for the greatest number. We will discuss Jeremy Bentham and J. S. Mill’s pursuit of pleasure.