By Jeremy Bentham
Based at the assumption that folks search excitement and steer clear of soreness, Bentham's utilitarian viewpoint varieties a consultant to ethical decision-making. With the "greatest happiness of the best quantity" as his goal, the writer makes an attempt to spot the assets and different types of excitement and discomfort in addition to the ways that they are often measured in assessing ethical suggestions. issues of intentionality, awareness, explanations, and inclinations aid Bentham's arguments. The textual content concludes together with his survey of goal and the position of legislation and jurisprudence, a desirable workout within the thought of social reform that explores conflicts among the pursuits of the bulk and person freedom.
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This circumstance, like that of ill-health, tends in general to diminish more or less the effect of any pleasurable circumstance, and to increase that of any afflictive one. The effect of this circumstance, however, admits of great variety: inasmuch as there are a great variety of ways in which a man may suffer in his Principles of Morals and Legislation/45 personal appearance, and in his bodily organs and faculties: all which differences will be taken notice of in their proper places. XI. 5. So much for circumstances belonging to the condition of the body: we come now to those which concern the condition of the mind: the use of mentioning these will be seen hereafter.
2. The pains of the taste: or the disagreeable sensations produced by the application of various substances to the palate, and other superior parts of the same canal. 3. The pains of the organ of smell: or the disagreeable sensations produced by the effluvia of various substances when applied to that organ. 4. The pains of the touch: or the disagreeable sensations produced by the application of various substances to the skin. 5. The simple pains of the hearing: or the disagreeable sensations excited in the organ of that sense by various kinds of sounds: independently (as before,) of association.
Is satisfaction to be made to him? they will need to be attended to in adjusting the quantum of that satisfaction. Is the injurer to be punished? they will need to be attended to in estimating the force of the impression that will be made on him by any given punishment. XLIV. It is to be observed, that though they seem all of them, on some account or other, to merit a place in the catalogue, they are not all of equal use in practice. Different articles among them are applicable to different exciting causes.