Utilitarianism: Based on the normative theory that human conduct is either right or wrong based on the end result of the action and whether it produces a favorable or unfavorable result. A utilitarianism philosopy term paper begins by looking at the basic concepts of utilitarianism. In it most basic form, utilitarianist argue that man seeks improvement and change by discerning what choice promulgate happiness for the greatest number of people. Explicating this idea further, John Stuart Mill, a pioneer of the utilitarian concept wrote the following: “The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure”.
Utilizing this principle alone in your research paper, one could effectively argue that allowing a convicted pedophile to go free with a sentence of limited incarceration and consensual castration is fair. The individual has served his time and is now unable to act on his pedophilic motivations. Castration has ensured that this individual will not harm society any further. Additionally, keeping him incarcerated not only costs taxpayers money, but it also deprives society of an individual capable of a productive existence. Thus, in the best interests of what is best, it seems reasonable to release the individual back into society to live his life in peace.