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Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, An by BENTHAM, Jeremy

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Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, An by BENTHAM, Jeremy
Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, An by BENTHAM, Jeremy

Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, An by BENTHAM, Jeremy

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Jeremy Bentham's Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, a classic text in modern philosophy and jurisprudence, first published in 1789, focuses on the principle of utility and how this view of morality ties into legislative practices. Bentham's ambition in life was to create a complete Utilitarian code of law. The philosophy of utilitarianism argues that the right act or policy is that which would cause "the greatest good for the greatest number of people", also known as "the greatest happiness principle", or the principle of utility.Bentham's principle of utility regards "good" as that which produces the greatest amount of pleasure, and the minimum amount of pain; and "evil" as that which produces the most pain without the pleasure. This concept of pleasure and pain is defined by Bentham as physical as well as spiritual. Bentham writes about this principle as it manifests itself within the legislation of a society. He lays down a set of criteria for measuring the extent of pain or pleasure that a certain decision will create. Bentham argues that certain unnecessary laws and punishments could ultimately lead to new and more dangerous vices than those being punished to begin with. He is of opinion that the concept of the individual pursuing his or her own happiness cannot be necessarily declared "right", because often these individual pursuits can lead to greater pain and less pleasure for the society as a whole. Therefore, the legislation of a society is vital to maintaining a society with optimum pleasure and the minimum degree of pain for the greatest amount of people. (Summary adapted from wikipedia)Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: Jc Guan & Anna Simon

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00 - Preface

28 MIN2018 NOV 14
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00 - Preface

01 - Chapter 1: Of the Principle of Utility

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
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01 - Chapter 1: Of the Principle of Utility

02 - Chapter 2: Of Principles Adverse to that of Utility

47 MIN2018 NOV 14
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02 - Chapter 2: Of Principles Adverse to that of Utility

03 - Chapter 3: Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure

9 MIN2018 NOV 14
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03 - Chapter 3: Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure

04 - Chapter 4: Value of a Lot of Pleasure, How to be Measured

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04 - Chapter 4: Value of a Lot of Pleasure, How to be Measured

05 - Chapter 5: Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds

19 MIN2018 NOV 14
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05 - Chapter 5: Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds

06a - Chapter 6, part a: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

37 MIN2018 NOV 14
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06a - Chapter 6, part a: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

06b - Chapter 6, part b: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

74 MIN2018 NOV 14
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06b - Chapter 6, part b: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

07 - Chapter 7: Of Human Actions in General

37 MIN2018 NOV 14
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07 - Chapter 7: Of Human Actions in General

08 - Chapter 8: Of Intentionality

19 MIN2018 NOV 14
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08 - Chapter 8: Of Intentionality

Latest Episodes

00 - Preface

28 MIN2018 NOV 14
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00 - Preface

01 - Chapter 1: Of the Principle of Utility

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
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01 - Chapter 1: Of the Principle of Utility

02 - Chapter 2: Of Principles Adverse to that of Utility

47 MIN2018 NOV 14
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02 - Chapter 2: Of Principles Adverse to that of Utility

03 - Chapter 3: Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure

9 MIN2018 NOV 14
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03 - Chapter 3: Of the Four Sanctions or Sources of Pain and Pleasure

04 - Chapter 4: Value of a Lot of Pleasure, How to be Measured

9 MIN2018 NOV 14
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04 - Chapter 4: Value of a Lot of Pleasure, How to be Measured

05 - Chapter 5: Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds

19 MIN2018 NOV 14
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05 - Chapter 5: Pleasures and Pains, Their Kinds

06a - Chapter 6, part a: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

37 MIN2018 NOV 14
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06a - Chapter 6, part a: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

06b - Chapter 6, part b: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

74 MIN2018 NOV 14
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06b - Chapter 6, part b: Of Circumstances Influencing Sensibility

07 - Chapter 7: Of Human Actions in General

37 MIN2018 NOV 14
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07 - Chapter 7: Of Human Actions in General

08 - Chapter 8: Of Intentionality

19 MIN2018 NOV 14
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08 - Chapter 8: Of Intentionality
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