A222 – week 12 – Bentham and Mill: maximising happiness

It was back to the books today and, in between calling out a heating engineer to look at my boiler, I was looking at the philsophical stylings of Messrs Bentham and Mill. Jeremy Bentham was a curious cove, leaving his body to be displayed in a box in case his friends wanted to have meeting, and Mill’s father was a close friend of Bentham’s with Mill attributing his nervous breakdown to his father raising him in line with Bentham’s philosophy.

Some areas that had been covered before regarding utilitarianism, and still ultimately unsatisfying as a moral theory personally due to its over-simplicity and the internal struggle with self-preservation and self-promotion. Would you really sacrifice yourself or your loved ones for the greater good? Tricky stuff.

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