Asses the Merits of Utilitarianism

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Philosophy

 

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Scott S

 

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August 9, 2011

 

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During this process however, he became disillusioned by the state British law was in and set out to reform the system into a perfect one based on the ?Greatest Happiness Principle,' ?the idea that pleasurable consequences are what qualify an action as being morally good'. Bentham observed that we are all governed by pain and pleasure; we all naturally aim to seek pleasure and avoid pain...
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Bentham observed that we are all governed by pain and pleasure; we all naturally aim to seek pleasure and avoid pain. He then decided that the best moral principle for governing our lives is one which uses this, the ?Greatest Happiness Principle.' This is that the amount of overall happiness or unhappiness that is caused by an action should determine whether an action is right or wrong...
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