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If the primary goal of utilitarianism is to generate the greatest good for the greatest number, a secondary goal is to minimize suffering. Using at least one quote from one of the required readings, discuss the ways in which these two principles are consistent or inconsistent with each other. If you think they are consistent, provide a real or imagined example that illustrates this consistency. If you think they are inconsistent, provide a real or imagined example that illustrates this inconsistency. Complete your post by discussing whether minimizing suffering is equal to, lesser than, or more important that generating the greatest good for the greatest number.
***ANSWER DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN A PARTICULAR FORMAT, JUST A PARAGRAPH, AT LEAST 250-300 WORDS-***
Recommended Resources on Utilitarianism
- Haines, W. (n.d.). Consequentialism. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Retrieved from http://www.iep.utm.edu/conseque/
- Mill, J. S. (1873). Autobiography. Retrieved from http://www.utilitarianism.com/millauto/
- A fascinating account of Mill’s prodigious childhood and education, including an account of his nervous breakdown at the age of 19 and how he emerged from that. Provides a lot of insight into why his theory of utilitarianism departed from Bentham’s in the way that he did.
- Utilitarianism Resources (http://www.utilitarianism.com/)
- A large collection of resources and texts related to utilitarianism.