Utilitarianism : An Argument Against The Consequences Of Cloning

1192 Words Aug 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Utilitarianism This story addressees cloning. In a utilitarian’s viewpoint, it may be a good thing. It does aid in prolonging the life of the individuals cloned. It also can help in that, those who are cloned can go on with life not just for themselves but to continue in society contributing to the society as a whole. Cloning also has an argument against it. What about the clones? Are they lesser beings?
Do they deserve to be slowly donated away without any consideration of them as individuals? In the utilitarian belief the consequences count, it would seem that the positive consequences of cloning outweigh the negative, in that society. The story gives us a look at the experiences of the clones. In their case they are to sacrifice what makes them happy for the greater good. During their existence, certain clones were raised in a way that would give them a pleasurable, fulfilling life before they started donating. In Hailsham, it was done just to give them a better existence before the end. This may have eased the consciences or even justified the cloning. The guardians could not have followed the belief of Kant when it came to lying.
They would be what’s called an act utilitarian. They would have no problem withholding or lying to the donors about their future. They feel they follow a, “rule of thumb,” but the moral statutes of many of our general moral rules are not absolute.
When a guardian felt badly about knowing what was being done to these clone, they
would…

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