The Principle of Utility

  • A. J. Ayer


The law-giver should be no more impassioned than the geometrician. They are both solving problems by sober calculation.’ The quotation is from Jeremy Bentham’s Deontology,1 and it gives a measure both of his peculiarity and his importance as a moral philosopher. His peculiarity was that he believed that morals and politics could be made into a branch of science: his importance lies in the way in which he worked this theory out.


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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. J. Ayer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

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