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Is Killing for a greater good moral? Putting utilitarianism to the test in the French Rev

Is Killing for a greater good moral? Putting utilitarianism to the test in the French Rev

As you learned during our unit on the enlightenment, utilitarianism is a school of moral thought that holds that an action is moral if it brings the greatest good to the greatest number of people. Consider this philosophy as you read Robespierre’s speech to the […]

Does the End Justify the Means?  Analyzing Robespierre’s Rationale for Terror

Does the End Justify the Means? Analyzing Robespierre’s Rationale for Terror

Two quotes are relevant to our discussion and understanding of the TERROR during the french revolution: “By any means necessary” and “does the end justify the means?”  Both of these quotes contain within them assumptions about ethical systems.  They both presume that if the outcome […]