Utilitarianism and Moral Rationalism

Module 7 Opening Discussion: Utilitarianism and Moral Rationalism

1.Do you think there are certain actions that are always morally wrong, regardless of culture, context, consequences, etc.? If so, please explain what you think makes this actions morally wrong (for everyone, under any and all circumstances). If not, how can we make moral decisions, then? Please make sure provide concrete examples and carefully explain your reasoning. 2. Do you think that the ‘end justifies the means’? That the outcome (result, consequences) of a moral decision justifies or outweighs the possibly problematic *action* necessary to obtain this outcome? In a trivial example, you might (or not) condone lying in order not to hurt someone’s feelings: ‘No, honey, you don’t look fat in these jeans.’ Please make sure provide concrete examples and carefully explain your reasoning.

You initial post should be about 300-400 words in length, but feel free to be as detailed as you wish.

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