Quantitative vs. Qualitative hedonism

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1. Explain the difference between quantitative and qualitative hedonism. Why does Mill believe Bentham’s view is inadequate? Is Mill right about Bentham’s view? If so, why? If not, why not? Quantitative hedonism is a theory that all pleasures have equal intrinsic goodness in quantity, intensity, and duration. Bentham's quantitative hedonism states that a higher quantity or duration of pleasures determines its value. As simple and as basic that this analogy is, you could compare your enjoyment of eating one bowl of ice cream to eating four bowls of ice cream. Since your quantity and duration was increased with four bowls, it would be considered more pleasurable under Bentham’s teachings. Qualitative hedonism states some pleasures can be intrinsically better than others even if their quantity is the same. Mill's qualitative hedonism basically states that some types of pleasures are simply more desirable and more pleasurable than others. Mill argues that high pleasures of the mind, such as: pleasures of the intellect, imagination, and others are more
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Beaudoin,j during the Spring '08 term at Northern Illinois University.

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