Bentham's Theory Of Utilitarian Ethics

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Bentham believed, an action that is compliant to the belief of utilitarianism is right or at least not wrong. It must be done, or at least it is not the case that it might not be done. Bentham doesn’t use the word 'responsibility ' here. Rights and responsibilities are ethical ideas, connected with the concepts of knowledge and authorization. What we think of moral duties and rights would need an ethical representative but religious ideas are outside the range of his philosophy. To speak of accepted rights and responsibilities suggests a commandment without a lawmaker, and is irrational in the same way as a son without a parent. Aside from hypothetical reflections, Bentham also doomed the belief in natural rights on the fact that it inspired …show more content…
When it comes to making ethical decisions, it really takes a lot of power to actually make an ethical decision. The willpower that is needed to make an ethical decision is also a difficult thing to do at times. Bentham believes that utilitarianism is the quality of right and wrong and the contentment that comes along with it. For one to be content with a decision, it must be an ethical one. Contentment only is achieved when an ethical decision is made. An unethical decision usually brings pain in oneself or it can bring pleasure depending on the individual. Bentham’s theory on utilitarianism should help us think before we act. If one were to act without thinking then consequences are going to be harshly granted. It takes an intelligent mind to make ethical decisions, because it shows that the individual has taken the time to actually think about the decision before they acted upon it. Bentham has a great concept on making ethical decisions, the belief that consequences are given whether the decision was ethical or unethical. It’s either a reward or punishment that is given through a decision. Through Kant’s mind, we make decisions to receive pleasure or pain. Pleasure is given to those who have created an ethical decision and sometimes ethical decisions can be painful as well. It can be in a form of sacrifice that will give someone else pleasure, but not yourself. Morality is a theory of doing something “right” and respected to the law. When making ethical decisions, we should be thinking of making decisions that work with the law and not against it. That can be pleasure in itself. Anytime a decision goes against the law, it’ll cause issues that are not worth experiencing. The idea of life is to always make ethical decisions and think before we

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