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The simplicity and clarity of the utilitarian approach is attractive because it provides a clear guideline for making ethical decisions. Critically examine.

Topic: Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;

6.  The simplicity and clarity of the utilitarian approach is attractive because it provides a clear guideline for making ethical decisions. Critically examine. (150 Words)

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the philosophy of Utilitarianism and the way it resolves moral issues.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining the philosophy of Utilitarianism in brief.

Body:

In your own words, explain that Utilitarianism is a theory of morality that advocates actions that foster happiness or pleasure and oppose actions that cause unhappiness or harm. When directed toward making social, economic, or political decisions, a utilitarian philosophy would aim for the betterment of society as a whole.

Next, write a critique of utilitarianism.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarising.