Compare And Contrast Utilitarianism And Kant

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Utilitarianism and Kantian extreme deontology are two very different aspects of ethics. Merriam Webster defines utilitarianism as, “a doctrine that the useful is the good and that the determining consideration of right conduct should be the usefulness of its consequences.” Kant’s extreme view on deontology “believed that certain types of actions were absolutely prohibited, even in cases where the action would bring about more happiness than the alternative” (Kantian Ethics). When evaluating the differences and coming up with examples such as, how the president of the United States would make decisions regarding the situation between how the tensions between the United States and the USSR occurred, after the United States accidentally bombed Moscow. The choice the president has to make is to either bomb New York City, killing roughly seven million, or letting Moscow resort to a full-scale nuclear war against the United States, killing over one hundred million. The evaluation of both utilitarianism and Kant’s extreme view on deontology will be looked through and explained using the concepts on deciding what the president would choose to do when put in either of these situations.
Discussing the issue though a utilitarianism view on whether or not the president of the United States would bomb New York City and kill seven million or decide not to bomb New York City and let Moscow kill over one hundred million people. If the president of the United States was thinking like a
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