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Joe DeCelie Prof Warren PHL-101B February 18, 2018 Bentham Bentham’s utilitarianism requires that we perform a hedonic calculus, summing up all the prospective pleasures that are likely to result from an act and subtracting the pains. Go over his process and note the difficulties of doing this. In short, I found this unpleasant and somewhat painful to review and comprehend and that’s my opinion. I am making light of this but that is essentially the largest problem I see with Bentham’s approach to determining the utility (futility) of an action. There are many things that mankind has done or has to do that cannot be codified or rated in terms of their pleasure or pain and as I mentioned in my own case, pain or pleasure are relative terms, we all have different reactions. Bentham requires that a value be placed on every action and if the collective value of the pleasure outweighs the collective value of the pain then it’s deemed a morally right action. I think determining the pleasure or pain value of each action is relative and the results would not
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