Utilitarian Ethics: Epicurus, Bentham & Mill


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One way to summarize the approach of the utilitarian philosophy is:

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1. Classical utilitarian philosophers like Bentham, and their precursor, Epicurus, are often described as:

2. What does Epicurus mean when he talks about pleasure in Letter to Menoeceus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Epicurus, Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill are three of the most influential philosophers in regard to the theory of utilitarianism. This assessment will test you on the basics of utilitarianism and the views of each of the three philosophers. Some things you'll be tested on include views on pleasure espoused by the philosophers and how each philosopher differed from the others in his specific views.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Utilitarian philosophy
  • How utilitarians are often described
  • Epicurus's views on pleasure
  • Bentham's views on the sovereign masters of humans
  • How Mill differs from Bentham in terms of pleasure

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - test your recollection of the principles of utilitarianism and the specific views on the subject held by Epicurus, Bentham and Mill
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between the views on utilitarianism, pain, pleasure, etc., put forth by all three philosophers
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you accurately comprehend what utilitarianism entails and how each of these three philosophers approached the subject

Additional Learning

To learn more about utilitarianism and its adherents, review the corresponding lesson called Utilitarian Ethics: Epicurus, Bentham & Mill. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Overview of utilitarianism
  • Epicurus and his views
  • Jeremy Bentham and his views
  • John Stuart Mill and his views