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Ideas of Jeremy Bentham, by Text

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

1789 Intro to Principles of Morals and Legislation
p.8 Is 'productive of happiness' the definition of 'right', or the cause of it? [Ross]
p.129 Bentham thinks happiness is feeling good, but why use morality to achieve that? [Annas]
p.144 Of Bentham's 'dimensions' of pleasure, only intensity and duration matter [Ross]
I.1 p.33 Pleasure and pain control all human desires and duties
I.4 p.35 The community's interest is a sum of individual interests
II.14 n8.9 p.52 Unnatural, when it means anything, means infrequent
II.18 p.56 We must judge a thing morally to know if it conforms to God's will
IV.1 p.64 The value of pleasures and pains is their force
XVIII 1 n p.50 Large mature animals are more rational than babies. But all that really matters is - can they suffer?
1796 Anarchical Fallacies: on the Declaration of Rights
p. Natural rights are nonsense, and unspecified natural rights is nonsense on stilts
II.523 p.361 Only laws can produce real rights; rights from 'law of nature' are imaginary
1827 Constitutional Code I
p.139 p.114 Prejudice apart, push-pin has equal value with music and poetry