Qualitative And Quantitative Pleasures Come Out Of Utilitarianism

899 Words Nov 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Ivie Eboigbodin

Qualitative and Quantitative Pleasures

Qualitative and Quantitative pleasures come out of Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism can often be thought of as dangerous and wretched because it allows for seriously immoral acts to take place. Utilitarianism argues for maximum pleasure to take place, but in doing so can allow such acts as rape, torture etc. Therefore many disregard the act because of its possible immoral acts that could take place. However the Philosopher Mill has come up with two different levels of pleasure, qualitative and quantitative, to determine which acts are worth pursuing. Mill believes that he figured out a way to overcome the opportunity for immoral acts to take place. But even Mill’s distinction of the levels of pleasures, and how they are different is unclear. In this paper I will attempt to give a better explanation of the differences between qualitative and quantitative pleasure, and why the interest should be only in pursuing qualitative pleasures.

As I mentioned before qualitative and quantitative pleasures are concepts that go along with Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is an “act as to maximize or further pleasure for everyone.” Jeremy Bentham, a philosopher and creator of the Hedonic Calculus argues that there are only two masters when it comes to maximizing happiness, pleasure v.s. pain. However, according to his calculus whoever is receiving more pleasure than pain, by all means should continue the act, even if it is immoral.…

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