Making the Virtuous Decision

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In order to explore the validity of utilitarianism, Bernard Williams created the example of Jim and the Indians. In this example, Jim becomes lost while on a botanical expedition. He happens upon a small South American town, where he sees twenty Indians tied up against a wall. A man informs him that the Indians engaged in several acts of protest against the government, and are going to be killed to serve as an example to …

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…him with a confidence that his instincts will lead him to choosing the “right” option. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ **Bibliography** Works Cited Aristotle. “Moral Virtue, How Produced.” Ethics. Ed. P. Singer. NY: Oxford University Press, 1994. Foot, Philippa. “Utilitarianism and the Virtues.” Mind. Ed. P. Foot. 1985. Williams, Bernard. “Jim and the Indians.” Ethics. Ed. P. Singer. NY: Oxford University Press, 1994. Williams, Bernard. “Acting as the Virtuous Person Acts.” Aristotle and Moral Realism. Ed. R. Heinaman. San Francisco: Westview Press, 1995.