Philosophy Ethics Discussion Questions
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Todd and Edna have been married for three years. They have had serious personal problems: Edna is a heavy drinker, and Todd cannot keep a job. Also, they have bickered and fought constantly since their marriage. Deciding that the way to overcome their problems is to have a child, they stop practicing birth control, and Edna becomes pregnant. Analyze the case in terms of the Utilitarianism. For example, what are the alternative actions and their consequences? What kind of information needs to be obtained in order to apply the Principle of Utility?