phil hw10 - Dr. Hornsby PHIL 260.001 4 November 2009 The...

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Dr. Hornsby PHIL 260.001 4 November 2009 The two masters that Bentham believes controls everyone are pleasure and pain. This vision is sensible because people are naturally drawn to pleasure. In any situation, a person will act upon what is best for him or her, always. The element of pain comes into play when making a decision to act because no one wants to experience pain. Therefore a sane human being’s actions will stem from the opposite of pain. Actions determine the how moral a person is, so a right choice, in a situation, would be resulting in the majority of the people experiencing pleasure instead of pain. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made. People morally feel the need to make the right decisions in life that cause peace and pleasure. There are exceptions to Bentham’s theory however. Factors such as family, loved ones, or other passions dearest to the heart will cause any being to stray from the most morally correct decision. If a morally correct decision or choice means any kind of pain towards these exception factors, that choice should not be made. I would
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