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Moral Dilemmas-Utilitarian, Kantian and Rawisian

Utilitarianism is defined as an effort to achieve the greater good for the greatest number (WiseGeek, 2010). This philosophy is about quantitative measures instead of qualitative. During the decision making process the pros and cons are weighed in which case the utilitarian determines the best course of action to gain maximized results for everyone as a whole within an organization.

The Kantian philosophy has to do with good will and the act of being good without qualifications (P.L.E., 2001). Kant's philosophy is that actions performed for the sake of duty have moral worth. An example of Kant's philosophy being utilized to the fullest potential are individuals who actively serve in the military, this is perhaps the first example that comes to mind. The choices necessary to live a good life could involve actions which entail results incompatible with happiness. In other words to live the good life will require doing tasks that are undesirable or uncomfortable in order to attain adequate result, i.e. the military's quest to protect our rights and ensure that we have freedom.

While conducting research on these topics I was searching for the Rawisian philosophy and was unable to find it, however what I did find was Rawlsian. Is this the right theory or should I keep looking? If so, here is what I found on it.

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Utilitarianism is defined as an effort to achieve the greater good for the greatest number (WiseGeek, 2010). This philosophy is about quantitative measures instead of qualitative. During the decision making process the pros and cons are weighed in which case the utilitarian determines the best course of action to gain maximized results for everyone as a whole within an organization.

The Kantian philosophy has to do with good will and the act of being good without qualifications (P.L.E., 2001). Kant's philosophy is that actions performed for the sake of duty have moral worth. An example of Kant's philosophy being utilized to the fullest ...

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Utilitarianism is defined as an effort to achieve the greater good for the greatest number (WiseGeek, 2010). This philosophy is about quantitative measures instead of qualitative. During the decision making process the pros and cons are weighed in which case the utilitarian determines the best course of action to gain maximized results for everyone as a whole within an organization.

The Kantian philosophy has to do with good will and the act of being good without qualifications (P.L.E., 2001). Kant's philosophy is that actions performed for the sake of duty have moral worth. An example of Kant's philosophy being utilized to the fullest potential are individuals who actively serve in the military, this is perhaps the first example that comes to mind. The choices necessary to live a good life could involve actions which entail results incompatible with happiness. In other words to live the good life will require doing tasks that are undesirable or uncomfortable in order to attain adequate result, i.e. the military's quest to protect our rights and ensure that we have freedom.

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