Are You A Kantian Or A Utilitarian?

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Are You A Kantian Or A Utilitarian? - Quiz

This test will uncover if you are a Kantian, Utilitarian or somewhere in between!


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Congratulations! You are a Utilitarian!

Utilitarianism is based on the idea of “the greatest good for the greatest number”. It is the idea that any action that serves a good purpose and maximises happiness for the greater amount of people, is morally correct. In contrast, any action that serves even a good purpose but benefits a lesser amount of people is incorrect. Thus, when faced with a decision, people must think about the consequences of their actions and from that choose the decision, which would result in the greatest good. Utilitarianism focuses on the big picture and society as a whole, not the individual itself.   

Congratulations! You are a Kantian!

Kantianism is based on the idea that it is considered immoral to use an individual as a way to achieve the ‘greater good’. It is seen that everyone should be treated fairly as all human beings have a right to life. Kantianism also believes in freedom of choice, therefore it takes into account the intention and reason behind the action. Kantianism focuses on the individual’s rights and beliefs to choose instead of society as a whole.   

Congratulations! You are a Kantarian.

Kantarian is based on the idea that people are neither fully utilitarian or Kantian. It is ultimately based on the situation. Every situation is different and thus, one ideal cannot be assumed for all. It is seen that people to are allowed to make their own decisions based on a situation. However, it also identifies that in some situations the focus should be on what would benefit society more in the long term, instead of only individual gain. The outcome or choice is largely dependant of the facts of the situation itself.   
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How would you describe the world?
    • A. 

      Self-sufficient

    • B. 

      Free

    • C. 

      Unpredictable

  • 2. 
    What do you believe is most important? 
    • A. 

      The greater good

    • B. 

      Human rights

    • C. 

      Being a good person

  • 3. 
    How would you describe yourself?
    • A. 

      Determined

    • B. 

      Caring

    • C. 

      Impulsive

  • 4. 
    Example: Your plane has crashed into a deserted island and you have five minutes before the planes oil causes a massive explosion. You have the choice of saving a pregnant woman and an elderly man. Who would save first?
    • A. 

      Pregnant woman

    • B. 

      The man

    • C. 

      Attempt both

  • 5. 
    Example: A serial murderer is finally caught and sentenced to death by lethal injection. He believes he has been set up and there is minimal evidence. How would you feel about this?
    • A. 

      Comforted

    • B. 

      Troubled

    • C. 

      Uncertain

  • 6. 
    Example: A car crashed and rolled over a man who was walking down the street. It also hit another car and pushed it across to the edge of a bridge. This car is carrying three children. The man who is hit by the car requires medical attention immediately but the children are at risk of falling off the edge. Who would you save first? 
    • A. 

      The three children

    • B. 

      The man

    • C. 

      Attempt both

  • 7. 
    Example:A pregnant teenage mother has decided to have an abortion because she is not emotionally and financially ready to have a baby. How would you feel about this?
    • A. 

      Relieved

    • B. 

      Sympathetic

    • C. 

      Unsure

  • 8. 
    Example: A perfectly healthy man who has undergone minor surgery for an infection on his leg. Turns out, he is deathly allergic to the anaesthesia. He also has no family and the doctors have nobody to call. Within one hour, he is in a irreversible coma from the shock. Meanwhile, a bus has crashed and there are 2 children who have been badly injured and require an organ transplant or they will die. Would it be right for the doctors to give the mans organs to the children as he has no family and is in an irreversible coma? 
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      Maybe, as long as doctors are sure his condition is irreversible

    • C. 

      Unsure

  • 9. 
    Example: If you were the lead astronaut and an asteroid (which is predicted to be so big, it would destroy earth) was coming towards earth and the quickest way you could stop it would be to fly your space shuttle into the asteroid, killing you and your workmate, would you do do it?
    • A. 

      Definately

    • B. 

      No, unless both individuals agreed

    • C. 

      Depends if this was the only solution

  • 10. 
    Example: Your country's two religious groups are fighting for land. The condition has wordented to a war and your whole family is at risk. Due to cultural reasons, you are seen as the head of the family and must decide on behalf of everyone. Would you take the risk and travel by boat to another country illegally? 
    • A. 

      Yes, if there is a greater chance for the family's safety

    • B. 

      No, unless all family members make their own decision

    • C. 

      Maybe, depends on how bad the situation is

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