Tag Archive: deontology

Sep 02

Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 2: Hollywood & Dexter

“Do what is right, though the world may perish.” – Kant Any movie that begins with this hard-core deontological quote fading in and out of the center of a black screen is guaranteed to be a great movie (be sure to read Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 1 to familiarize yourself with utilitarianism and deontology). We …

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Aug 15

Utilitarianism and Deontology Part 1: The Subjective Line

Would you kill one person to save five people from dying? Studies (both theoretical and simulated) have shown that around 90% of people would indeed take action to minimize human casualty. That means that 90% of us are, at heart, utilitarians. A utilitarian is a person who favors the good over the right: a person …

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