Animals Are Back – The Ethics of Jeremy Bentham

  • László Erdős


Today Jeremy Bentham is remembered primarily for his work as a utilitarian philosopher, but his ideas also played an important role in the history of animal advocacy. Bentham’s principle of equal consideration maintains that the interests of animals in obtaining happiness and avoiding suffering is no less important than the same interests of humans. For Bentham, excluding animals from moral consideration is not justifiable. Jeremy Bentham revived compassion for animals and, by recognising that the suffering of animals cannot be ignored, he brought animals back in philosophical dialogue and public discourse.


Utilitarianism Principle of equal consideration Sentience 

Worth Reading

  1. Bentham, J. (2018). An introduction to the principles of morals and legislation. Whithorn: Anodos Books.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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