Philosophy: Four Questions Answered in Paragraph Style Answer to question one Applying the utilitarian philosophy of the greatest happiness for the greatest number, we must suggest that it is not in the group’s best interests to tell Sheila that Jim has been cheating on her; by doing so, Sheila will be deeply hurt, Jim will be undoubtedly angry that someone has informed on him, Rose and Sheila will see their relationship crashing to an end, and the group may split apart. Under utilitarian theory, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one: while Sheila may think she really needs to know what is going on, the truth of the matter is that her discovery about Rose and Jim will cause her a great deal of pain and will be devastating to...The end:
.....s a willing participant. Although telling Sheila the truth will hurt another woman, it will also liberate Sheila to take vengeance against Jim – the male and the philanderer. Thus, a feminist would surely tell Sheila because not telling her would allow Jim to continue with his trysts (even though, again, Rose is an enthusiastic partner). Staying with this topic for just a while longer, a feminist would tell Sheila not out of concern for Sheila but because the affair between Jim and Rose would be indicative of the “Sexual double standard” that permeates “patriarchal” society; to not tell Sheila would obviously allow this sort of “masculine” behaviour on the part of Jim to continue. Although Sheila will be pained, the end justifies the means.