From: John Wilkins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon 13 Feb 2006 - 22:07:08 GMT
Well it might be a more restricted utilitarianism, or it might be
that the reference class for evaluating acts is the universal of
On 14/02/2006, at 4:53 AM, Wade Allsopp wrote:
> I think its got zero to do with Benthan and utlilitarianism. The
> key tenet of
> 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 better.
> 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> wrote: > Virgins
> or not, a few folks, even adults, seem to think blowing yourself
> > 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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