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Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Biggest Issue? Bentham's "Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number" Principle

A challenging article in UCL's Portico magazine, Issue 3, by Dr. Elena Fiddian- Qasmiyeh

See online article on far right of page 5 spread


"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. And for every grain of enjoyment you sow in the bosom of another, you shall find a harvest in your own bosom, --while every sorrow which you pluck out from the thoughts and feelings of a fellow creature shall be replaced by beautiful flowers of peace and joy in the sanctuary of your soul".

Jeremy Bentham, Advice to a young girl, June 22, 1830

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