Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Them vs. Us
I was unable to attend class this week but I read the article about the Cowboys so I'll attempt to blog about the concepts covered as best possible. I found the Cowboys article to be really helpful in explaining the main differences between utilitarianism and communitarianism. To put it simply, utilitarianism is synonymous with the idea that the ends justify the means. This is the philosophy that most, if not all, companies seem to embody. In America we support a free market economy where every man is in it by himself and every company must do whatever necessary to get it done. The other option presented in the Cowboys article is communitarianism, which advocates a community of individuals working for the greater good of the entire civil society. I understand why companies and sports teams (particularly the Dallas Cowboys) would utilize the utilitarian principle but I don't believe that the ends always justify the means. Oftentimes, businesses take measures that end up hurting more than helping.