The Utilitarianism Theory

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Of the many theories and theorists discussed in our History and systems of Psychology class, the Utilitarianism theory stood out to me the most. This theory, founded around the 18th and 19th century by philosophers (theorists) Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Their theory purports that, “social, economical or political decisions should be made for, the betterment of society. It bases the moral worth of an action upon the number of people it gives happiness or pleasure to” (Investopedia, 2017). No one wants to operate at a loss and this principle teaches that priority can be given to the things that would yield the greatest outcome. Not for selfish purposes, but for the benefits of many. In my opinion, it acts selflessly, because, it prioritizes…show more content…
However, $1000 was insufficient to take care of your five kids and also contribute to the home. Therefore, moving to the other job produces a greater outcome. You can spend more time with your family, more money is coming into the household and the household is much happier. For this reason, the greater good is always the aim of any utilitarian. Utilitarianism often assesses the consequences of the action to be undertaken and weighs the pros and cons of the outcome. If it is going to yield the greatest outcome and be of benefit to society, then, why not undertake the action? For example, shooting a pack of dogs that have been eating humans and animals (sheep, goats, chickens). This will result in a greater benefit to society; since, Human resources will be saved as well as animals reared for domestic and commercial purposes being preserved. This principle thought me a great deal. It causes me to think about my decisions and not be selfish in my…show more content…
However, $1000 was insufficient to take care of your five kids and also contribute to the home. Therefore, moving to the other job produces a greater outcome. You can spend more time with your family, more money is coming into the household and the household is much happier. For this reason, the greater good is always the aim of any utilitarian. Utilitarianism often assesses the consequences of the action to be undertaken and weighs the pros and cons of the outcome. If it is going to yield the greatest outcome and be of benefit to society, then, why not undertake the action? For example, shooting a pack of dogs that have been eating humans and animals (sheep, goats, chickens). This will result in a greater benefit to society; since, Human resources will be saved as well as animals reared for domestic and commercial purposes being preserved. This principle thought me a great deal. It causes me to think about my decisions and not be selfish in my

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