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Jeremy Bentham Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher who founded the principle of utilitarianism Under utilitarianism everything is classified by its utility or usefulness Utility is the objects ability to produce happiness Bentham wanted to create happiness in his society He believed that happiness can be measured in exact quantities and that individuals only care about their own pleasure and ways of increasing it According to these principles a person should always act for the greater good of the community rather than themselves As Mr Spock put it The needs of the many outweigh the needs the one Jeremy Bentham was a child prodigy at the age of three he was reading and not only that he was reading important political manifestos By age five he was quite proficient at playing the violin and was studying Latin and French at age six As if this wasnt amazing enough he enrolled at Oxford when he was twelve and presumably four years later was granted admittance into the Bar Instead of practicing and studying to be a lawyer he spent most of his time in his room reading about the English government His personal goal was to write fifteen pages a day criticizing the government In 1766 he published a book titled A Fragment on Government which criticized Blackstone an English author who published books on law The book was popular at first but when the public found out who had written it they soon lost interest His book did gain the attention of a Lord Shelburne who introduced him to the world of the upper class Shelburne also inspired Bentham to criticize the constitutional laws in addition to the civil and penal laws Bentham was a revolutionary in his time no one would dare criticize the government and certainly not the British Constitution Perhaps his greatest accomplishment is his second book An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation In this
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