Bentham's Hedonic or Utility Calculus

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  • Created by: Rayhana
  • Created on: 09-04-13 11:49

'The greatest good for the greatest number (pleasure)'

  • Bentham believed by using this calculus it was possible to measure the amount of pleasure or pain that an action will bring about. This is referred to as act utilitarianism.
  • The main thing to consider when carrying out an action for Bentham is the amount of happiness or pleasure that will come from the action.
  • Laws or rules are of secondary importance.
  • Many people make a utilitarian judgement when confronted by a moral dilemma
  • For example, 'to speed or not to speed' judgement is made on the basis of pleasure (speeding will get you quicker to your destination…


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