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PHILOSOPHY AT LUNCHTIME: Utilitarianism vs. Kantianism
May 04, 2018

PHILOSOPHY AT LUNCHTIME: Utilitarianism vs. Kantianism

The Linguistic Club of the ELL Department held another Philosophy for Lunch session. However, this time instead of pizza, students enjoyed chocolate chip cookies while listening and participating in the discussion. The topic was “Utilitarianism vs Kantianism”.


The discussion started off with basic explanation of both terms and later on students were given different hypothetical situations in which they were presented with two difficult choices: one that represents Utilitarianism and other Kantianism. Utilitarians believe that we should do actions that serve the greater good, while Kantian ethics claims that each human being possesses inherent worth. All of the examples had the same underlying idea: if you found yourself in a situation in which killing an innocent person is the only way to prevent many innocent people from dying, what would you do? 

Students were split between these two ideologies and gave their best to explain to each other why they believe their choice is the right one.