Jeremy Bentham's Introduction To The Principles Of Moral And Human Rights

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“The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.” A direct quote from philosopher Jeremy Bentham. Jeremy Bentham had wrote a book called, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, which was published in 1789. In the book, Bentham talks about the principles of utility, mortality happiness, and the overall balance of pleasure over pain. During his lifetime he wrote a great deal of ‘philosophy of laws’, although never practiced law. Bentham critiqued the existence of law and advocated legal reforms, e.g. that the liberty, the rights, ect. exist independent of the government. By this time now, he had maintained keeping his moral theory into the consistent practice. In 1904, Elie Halévy had studied the Utilitarian philosophy, and notes that there were three main charisartisics to “which constitutes the basis of Bentham’s political and moral philosophy: The greatest happiness principle, The universal egoism, and…show more content…
Research shows on animal-ethics.org, that the use of testing on nonhuman animals could be acceptable ONLY if the happiness of their exploitation causes are far greater than the so-called harm testing really causes. In which, it really is hard to believe because the nonhuman animals are in most cases abruptly mutilated and painfully deprived of their lives after having their positive experiences of life taken away. Testing nonhuman animals takes a ton of suffering within such momentary pleasures, although using animals just doesn’t increase the sum of happiness in the world, but more of decreases the happiness. Utilitarianism cannot accept doing nothing as an option, the harms of those who have suffered by others aren’t the ones who have cause the harms. By reducing the happiness of animals, the people as utilitarians should work against it, whatever the objective must

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