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Goals, Workshop 3: The Collective Good

In "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists," a Tapestry of Faith program

This workshop will:

  • Introduce utilitarian/teleological ethics, a moral framework concerned with outcomes rather than motivation, and with community rather than the individual
  • Explore the fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle using the lens of utilitarianism/teleological ethics
  • Guide participants to explore circumstances where a utilitarian ethical framework is or could be applied to moral decision making
  • Examine the idea that in a democracy advocacy for particular decisions—or courses of action and reasons for decisions taken—are often framed in part by utilitarian arguments
  • Consider ways in which values such as justice and inclusion are contained in Mill's notion of "greater good."

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Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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