Deontology: The Significance Of Bentham

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The significance of Bentham is that he popularizes his ideas of social utility, the general welfare, and the common good. These ideas have great effects in current politics and government. When everyone praises highly the moral value and natural right, Bentham criticizes they are simple nonsense:
Natural rights, according to Bentham, are “simple nonsense: natural and imprescriptible rights, rhetorical nonsense, — nonsense upon stilts” So-called moral and natural rights are mischievous fictions and anarchical fallacies that encourage civil unrest, disobedience and resistance to laws, and revolution against established governments. Only political rights, those positive rights established and enforced by government, have “any determinate and intelligible meaning.” Rights are “the fruits of the law, and of the law alone. There are no rights without law—no rights contrary to the law—no rights anterior to the law.” (Smith 1)

Bentham believes that politics should be have a clear goal and standard. Whatever morality or natural rights makes politics vague. Therefore, he proposes that “social utility serve as both the goal and
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It emphasizes on the importance of moral rule which is helpful for people to create a more orderly and harmonious society. The significance of moral value usually reflects on humans’ behavior criterion and the responsibility of profession.
Humans’ sense of morality is acquired from their parents, school, and the whole social environment. It is one of the most important factors which influences people’s behavior in a good or bad way. Therefore, it is important to instill the deontological concepts in children to help them developing a good behavior criterion. Human’s behavior affects the stability of society directly, and thus teaching people to act in a moral way can decrease the rate of crime and social

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