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In this paper I will state and explain the Convincing the Innocent Objection to Hedonistic Utilitarianism My thesis is that the Convincing the Innocent Objection is convincing Premise one of the convincing the innocent objection states that an action is morally right if and only if it produces the greatest net balance of pleasure over pain Premise two states that if an action is morally right if it maximizes the balance of pleasure then the judge should convict the innocent person The conclusion of this argument states that the judge has to convict the innocent person An action is morally right if and only if it produces the greatest net balance of pleasure over pain In this context if and only if means that if you have one you necessarily have the other without exception and vice versa This is the view that hedonistic utilitarians hold According to this theory it is morally required from us to always choose the acts that create the greatest net of pleasure over pain as a result By doing so we maximize the overall level of pleasure and in this view the only kind of pleasure that matters for its own sake is attitudinal pleasure or the positive attitude of enjoyment So having a number of options available one has first of all to determine the value and result for each option and then pick the action that yields the best balance-the highest ratio of pleasure over pain That choice is your moral duty according to hedonistic utilitarianism Doing anything else-failing to strike for the greatest balance of pleasure over pain-is acting immorally Ultimately this is simply an assumption on the part of hedonistic utilitarianism and it is asserted in order to show that it is false in the end If an action is morally right if it maximizes the balance of pleasure then the judge should convict the innocent person In
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