Utilitarian


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Utilitarian

A person who believes moral actions must provide the greatest good to the greatest number of persons. Utilitarians emphasize the consequences of actions when evaluating their morality. For example, a utilitarian may regard a lie to a regulator as moral if it saves 2,000 jobs. Critics of utilitarianism contend that consequences are unknowable and argue that it could be used to defend atrocities. Utilitarians, on the other hand, argue that their philosophy is the best way to improve happiness in the aggregate.
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In a series of experiments, utilitarian moral judgment was revealed to be specifically associated with reduced empathic concern, and not with any of the demographic or cultural variables tested, nor with other aspects of empathic responding, including personal distress and perspective taking.
The members of the publishing house were divided into two groups; Group 1 received the utilitarian e-mail first, but the informational e-mail was initially sent to Group 2.
I do not purport to have the definitive and final word on the topic of utilitarian views in relation to arts education, nor do I advance an ironclad definition of what "utilitarian" ought to mean.
disability, or substance abuse--a utilitarian would also consider
The purpose of this paper is to examine how utilitarian attribute and hedonic attribute influence an individual's personal use and choice of communication media.
Utilitarian theories of criminal punishment stem from general utilitarian concepts.
Albert's Stained Glass was commissioned to replace the utilitarian windows.
They consistently ranked retributive information, such as criminal intent, higher than utilitarian information, such as a criminal's record.
The marketing discipline's sustained stream of research into the nature of hedonic and utilitarian constructs has produced a significant body of literature that has enhanced knowledge about effective marketing practices.
Layard's justification for higher taxes fails even if we grant his utilitarian premises.
Likewise, the adjacent waist-high cardboard flower shop (its function is intelligible only by its inscription) loses its utilitarian function in order to embody that very function as a dollhouse-size cultural placeholder, something to be preserved as a reminder of what a flower shop might look like.