While I wait for Basim code to run, I thought I'd write what will be the first of many pieces on ethics and doing what's right. I'll get to more applied stuff later, but as a foundation I'm going to write a series of pieces on utilitarianism.
I am a utilitarian. Basically, this means that I believe the right action is the one that maximizes total "utility" in the world (you can think of that as total happiness minus total pain). Specifically, I am a total, act, hedonistic/one level (as opposed to high and low pleasure), classical (as opposed to negative) utilitarian; in short, I'm a Benthamite. In future posts I'll argue for all of those choices; I'll also try to respond to the Repugnant Conclusion and the Utility Monster, and argue that Decision Theories are silly.
Before I delve into all of that, though, are there any particular arguments people want me to respond to--either well known attacks, or just things you've thought of? Arguing for utilitarianism inevitably degenerates more into defending it from attacks and attacking other philosophies than actually articulating utilitarianism, partially because of how self evident of a philosophy it is. So, if you have any questions, comments, complaints, arguments, or expressions of agreement, post them in the comments or send me an email, and I'll address them either in the comments or in a future post.
p.s.--If you're interested in checking out utilitarianism more, I highly recommend http://felicifia.org/.