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?
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
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