Philosophy 4-14 More Problems with Utilitarianism & Responses Pleasures are sensations, says Bentham. Does this adequately reflect how we understand the world? If not, the argument isn?t sound; the premises are simply wrong. What about doing something difficult but valuable. Pleasures are quantifiable. Again: does this actually reflect how we understand what we value? Compare raising your child and scratching your head. If you don?t take the red pill? It might be because we value things being a certain way, rather than simply the experiences we have of them being that way. We value, for instance ,being loved, rather than simply the good feelings love produces Nozick argues that we value things not just because they produce pleasure, but because of the fact that they actually exist Distribution: Utilitarianism only wants the total amount of happy to be maximized; it doesn?t care about the distribution. This can lead to some interesting problems. Utilitarianism doesn?t care about whether or not some people get treated in a way we might think of as unfair.
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