Friday, February 03, 2006

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is wrong and must be abandoned by serious philosophers. Utilitarianism demands that finite humans know what will bring the greatest good to the greatest number of people in the long run. It underdefines goodness as happiness. It is ethically relativistic. However, everything is relative to an absolute, measurement is impossible without absolutes, moral disagreements demand objective standards and ultimately, moral absolutes are unavoidable. Like other morally relative philosophies, utilitarianism fails to distinguish between is and ought [1], value and instance of value, values and understandings, the end and the means [2], and command and culture. Utilitarianism does not take into account differences between applications, just like Kantian deontologism.

[1] http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/02/immanuel-kant-wrongly-rejected.html
[2] http://thebananarepublican.blogspot.com/2006/01/machiavellianism-is-wrong_30.html