From: Chris Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 13 Feb 2006 - 20:06:37 GMT
This is why I said Bentham-style -- the point being the scope is
not universal; they kill themselves for the greater good of a
bounded group of people.
And how they believe they are acting is closely related; moral
in their frame in a Benthian sense, immoral by another.
Wade Allsopp wrote:
> I think its got zero to do with Benthan and utlilitarianism. The key
> tenet onf
> utilitarianism is universalism - the idea that it doesn't matter who you
> make happy or sad,
> you just need to add up all the happyness/sadness or utility.
> Whatever is going through their mind, I think we can be pretty sure
> that the bombers attribute little
> or no value to the suffering and pain they cause to their victims and
> their families, indeed the general
> presumption seems to be the more Jews or non Muslims that are killed the
> I'm also pretty sure that they believe they are acting highly morally.
> It's just that (I would guesss) 99%
> of non muslims would disagree and maybe 80% (?) of muslims too.
> On 2/13/06, *Chris Taylor* <email@example.com
> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> wrote:
> > Virgins or not, a few folks, even adults, seem to think blowing
> > up and killing innocents is a good thing to do. To me, that
> sounds like
> > not knowing right from wrong, which qualifies as crazy in many
> > jurisdictions.
> This is just a Bentham-style maximised benefit thing surely, not
> immoral, just amoral..? Certainly not crazy (although I'd assert
> rather misled).
> Cheers, Chris.
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