Utilitarianism Homework 4/23

For tonight, do two things –

  1. Critically read and mark the linked Bentham Primary Source to fill in some of the gaps that remain with Utilitarianism.  Remember that he and John Stuart Mill were contemporaries and friends; they are considered Utilitarian thinkers.  In addition, you may choose to consult this secondary source that explains a few of Bentham’s ideas.   You must either print the primary source on your own tonight or make sure that you have a document available electronically in class [and that you’ve ‘marked’ the document up so that there is evidence of critical reading on the revised document.]
  2. Consider a contemporary moral dilemma and respond (in writing) to the dilemma with a utilitarian viewpoint.  You may choose from any current dilemma, but may not craft a hypothetical example.