Utilitarianism | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by David Lyons

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Utilitarianism.
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Critical Essay by David Lyons

SOURCE: “Bentham's Utilitarianism: A Differential Interpretation” in In the Interest of the Governed: A Study in Bentham's Philosophy of Utility and Law, Clarendon Press, 1973, pp. 19-34.

In the following excerpt, Lyons explores Bentham's basic principle of utility and its relationship to morality, ethics, and government.

1. a Sketch of Bentham's Principle

The principle of utility, Bentham says, is the foundation of his work on morals and legislation. This is so, and in a variety of ways. The criterion of utility shapes his attitudes and judgements in every area of life. No philosopher has embraced a doctrine more consistently; none has ever attempted to apply a theory as extensively or systematically as Bentham has done. His principle determines his attitudes towards legislation, the use of punishment and reward, legal reform and codification. Its repercussions...

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