A Spot Of Philosophy. And Calculus.

10/11/14
QI

Jeremy Bentham is one of my favourite philosophers: he spoke for individual freedom, equal rights for women, abolition of slavery, was an advocate of animal rights, and all in all felt it was important for people to be nice and have compassion for others.

Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you, –will invite you to add something to the pleasure of others, –or to diminish something of their pains.

- Jeremy Bentham

Ah, we hear you, Jer! But how can we know how a given action will influence matters – how can we gauge the pros and cons? Fret not, Jer has provided a way for us to calculate it. Meet the Felicific Calculus. Gotta love a kind and meticulous mind. :-)

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