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What are three way in which utilitarianism is problematic as an ethical theory?






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Malcolm Carneal

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Answered Jun 22, 2020

Utilitarianism is apart of the family of ethical theories. It was founded by Jeremy Bentham. The theory defines how moral actions are. Though it deals with morals, there are three main reasons why many views this theory has been problematic. One of those reasons is that it does not account for justice.

Sometimes, utilitarianism will violate the justice standards that have been put in place or ignore altogether. Another reason why it is seen as being problematic is that it does not have the ability to measure one's state of happiness or how well they are.

The last reason why utilitarianism is problematic is that it ignores obligations, such as to family.

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Anika Nicole

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Answered May 04, 2020

The problems with Utilitarianism as an ethical theory are as follows:

  • It fails to take into account the consideration of justice. Sometimes, it violates the standards of justice, also ignores justice.
  • Utilitarianism is unable to quantify, compare, or measure happiness or well-being.
  • It ignores our special obligations.

Many philosophers have criticized Utilitarianism because it uses persons in the same way as things are used.

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