At heart, utilitarianism feels like what you get when you ask yourself, "would I rather see few people hurt than many, many people happy rather than few, and how important do I think that to be", answer "I'd rather see few people hurt, rather see many people happy, and this is important", and then apply that systematically. Or if you just imagine yourself as having one miserable or fantastic experience, and then ask yourself what it would be like to have that experience many times over, or whether the impact of that experience is at all... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

Indeed. "utilitarianism feels like what you get when you ask" this, let you empathy take over and think it to its 'logical conclusion'.

The problem I have with this kind of reasoning that it leads into extremes that don't match up with your other values. Oh it might not look like a conflict. But I sometimes get the impression that this is because the daubt is compartmentalized away because the empathy is such a positively valued emotion and not following it feels wrong.

I have to admit that me not being a utilitarian I don't have a clear cut answer... (Read more)(Click to expand thread. ⌘F to Expand All)Cmd/Ctrl F to expand all comments on this post

0[anonymous]6y So, if someone lacks empathy, utilitarianism is senseless to them?

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