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Rule utilitarianism works as a moral theory, but act utilitarianism does not

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?Rule utilitarianism works as a moral theory, but act utilitarianism does not?. Discuss Although utilitarianism is a flawed ideology as whole, rule utilitarianism seems to work as a better theory overall. Rule utilitarianism believes that we should always follow the general adherence to which will lead to the greatest overall balance of good over evil. I believe this is a more moral theory compared to act utilitarianism, act utilitarianism believes that we should always perform the act which will lead to the greatest good over evil. I believe that rule utilitarianism works as a moral theory compared to act utilitarianism because in order to live in an ordered society, we need rules and laws in order to avoid chaos, and this is what rule utilitarianism believes in. ...read more.

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to feed the child was to steal a loaf of bread, then this would be okay according to act utilitarianism, however some people may believe this would be the right thing to do as there would be no other choice. Act utilitarianism is also a less moral theory because it remains as a scale, and some people may not have the time, or intellectual capacity even if the information available in order to make a choice based purely on a scale, for example the amount of pleasure that a child would bring you is not the same as the slice of pizza would bring you. ...read more.

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Some people may believe that act utilitarianism works better as it is seen as the most natural interpretation of utilitarianism. If our aim is always to produce the best results it seem plausible to think that in each case of deciding what is the right thing to do, we should consider the available options, predict their outcomes and approve of the action that will bring the most pleasure. Overall, I believe that rule utilitarianism is a moral theory compared to act utilitarianism because it can be applied more to our daily lives as we follow laws and rules every day, whereas act utilitarianism seems quite unrealistic compared to rue utilitarianism. However, I believe both theories are flawed because there is no way we could completely apply both to real life. ...read more.

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