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Rule Utilitarianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C08

What is Rule Utilitarianism? Rule Utilitarianism is just like Act Utilitarianism but with a twist. It is deontological. That means that following the rules are what is important regardless of the consequences. So why is a typically consequentialist brand, utilitarianism, under the banner of deontology? How does that work? What are the differences? Find Out,…


Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C05

Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism Our next moral theory is Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism, which is also a consequentialist moral theory. It is similar to Act utilitarianism but holds a few differences as well, and is a much newer theory. What is Preference Satisfaction Utilitarianism?How does it differ to Act Utilitarianism?What are the problems it has?What things should…


Act Utilitarianism – Fresh AiR – S02:E02:C04

Act Utilitarianism Act Utilitarianism is our next adventure in moral theories. In some respects it is like a form of hedonism (which we discussed last week) but holds some differences too. Further ReadingStanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘The History of Utilitarianism’Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Mill’s Moral and Political Philosophy’Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: ‘Act and Rule Utilitarianism’Mill,…


Life and Death

Life, purpose and dealing with death If you are reading this, you might be alive. You might be a computer program, simulating my life to me. We never know. To me, cogito ergo sum, to you, not so much. I think, therefore I am. But I don’t know that you think, so you might not…