If some action would produce more happiness overall than other possible actions, taking into account everyone who will be affected by that action, does that mean it is the right thing to do? If not, give an example to demonstrate your point. If so, explain why.

Answer ONE of the following questions. Your answer may be worth up to 10 points of extra credit. Please offer a philosophical argument to support your position. Please keep your answer reasonably brief (no longer than one or two pages, double-spaced). You may either write your answer in the text box or attach a document.

1. If some action would produce more happiness overall than other possible actions, taking into account everyone who will be affected by that action, does that mean it is the right thing to do? If not, give an example to demonstrate your point. If so, explain why.

 

2. If knowing the truth about something was going to cause you more unhappiness than not knowing, would you want to know the truth anyway? Why or why not? Do you think some people value truth more than than happiness? Or is it just a means to achieve happiness?

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