Thinking morally: An introduction to utilitarianism

A gun’s pointed at your head. You see two buttons. The man holding the barrel to your temple says, “Push one, then go.” Button A removes the life support of an aging scientist. Button B drops a piano on two history students. What should you do?

Fanciful, certainly, but is there an answer? We all aspire to do “right,” but what does that mean? This course explores one answer: utilitarianism.

This is a beginner guide to one of the most misunderstood but popular moral theories. Students will also learn a little about the history of the theory and hopefully come away with a greater appreciation for how to think about real-world moral questions.

–%    —    Jack Coulson

 

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  • Format
    One lesson delivered via email daily
  • Duration
    10 days
  • Time
    5 minutes reading a day
  • Membership
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