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Politics and Morality: Jeremy Bentham

While other Enlightenment philosophers appealed to natural law, a set of universal truths, Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) said natural law is nonsense; nonsense on stilts. Bentham is the father of utilitarianism, which states that we should do whatever maximizes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of people. This idea is very much alive and kicking … Continue reading