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Compare and contrast the utilitarian philosophies of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill Which do you think is the more convincing moral theory and why In terms of Utilitarianism this assignment shall outline the philosophies of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill It shall firstly illustrate the ideas of Bentham and then follow on to compare and contrast those of Mill To continue the assignment will view the failing qualities in both the mens works Bentham did leave a great deal unsaid in his work yet the fact that he allowed for individuality to be applied to his theory shall be revealed To a large extent the work of Mill was deeply valuable to the theory of Utilitarianism however a number of aspects cannot be applied to all cases Mill asserted his own preconceptions into his theory so that it could not always be found applicable In consideration of these points I will explain why I believe Benthams theory to be more convincing or rather more appropriate Bentham preached that an act is morally right if it produces the greatest balance of pleasure happiness over pain Khan 2002 online wwwjeromekahn123tripodcomutilitarianismtheethicaltheoryofalltimesid4html He wrote a poem so as to make methods in decision making easy to remember Intense long certain speedy fruitful pure - Such marks in pleasures and in pains endure Such pleasures seek if private be they end If it be public wide let them extend Such pains avoid whatever be they view If pains come let them extend to few Bentham cited in Shimomisse 1999 online wwwcsudheduphenomstudiesethicslect3htm By this poem Bentham describes different factors that are important in decision making By intensity he means the intensity of the pleasure or pain that an action may cause by long the duration through which that pleasure or pain exceeds In quoting certainty he denotes the certainty or uncertainty experienced in the decision making by speedy the convenience or inaccessibility of options when the
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