Utilitarianism And The Death PenaltyPaper Rating: Word Count: 710 Approx Pages: 3
The utilitarian is a theory of whether human actions are right or wrong
depending on if the action delivers positive or negative consequences for the
people that are affected by it. The issue of capital punishment is one that is
highly debated. People all over the world constantly examine whether or not
this action is morally just. It is extremely difficult to produce an opinion on the
matter unless you look at every aspect of the practice. The utilitarian attempts
to look for an outcome that would be most positive for everyone involved.
The fact is though, utilitarianism is the greatest overall positive consequences.
this could mean that someone may not have favorable consequences:
"Since the greatest good for the greatest number is described in aggregate terms, that good may be achieved under conditions that are harmful to some, so long as that harm is balanced by a greater good." (Kay, 1997)
In one aspect, the utilitarian would not oppose the death penalty, if it is looked