Ideas of Jeremy Bentham, by Theme

[British, 1748 - 1832, Born in London. Helped to found University College, London.]

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22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 1. Goodness / c. Right and good
Is 'productive of happiness' the definition of 'right', or the cause of it? [Ross]
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / b. Types of pleasure
Of Bentham's 'dimensions' of pleasure, only intensity and duration matter [Ross]
Prejudice apart, push-pin has equal value with music and poetry
22. Metaethics / B. The Good / 3. Pleasure / e. Role of pleasure
Pleasure and pain control all human desires and duties
23. Ethics / E. Utilitarianism / 2. Ideal of Pleasure
Bentham thinks happiness is feeling good, but why use morality to achieve that? [Annas]
The value of pleasures and pains is their force
24. Applied Ethics / B. Moral Rights / 3. Animal Rights
Large mature animals are more rational than babies. But all that really matters is - can they suffer?
25. Society / A. State of Nature / 2. Natural Values / c. Natural rights
Natural rights are nonsense, and unspecified natural rights is nonsense on stilts
25. Society / B. The State / 2. State Legitimacy / e. General will
The community's interest is a sum of individual interests
25. Society / C. Social Justice / 5. Legal Rights / a. Basis of rights
Only laws can produce real rights; rights from 'law of nature' are imaginary
26. Natural Theory / A. Speculations on Nature / 1. Nature
Unnatural, when it means anything, means infrequent
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 6. Divine Morality / b. Euthyphro question
We must judge a thing morally to know if it conforms to God's will